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November 23 , 2008

Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man


The Quest ·can be defined as a voyage with a goal, a 'Suchwanderung'. ·the goal is usually a treasured item or one's own soul. ·3 major parts: the departure, the voyage with adventures, and the return or the heightening of the hero. ·Invisible Man: the search for identity or for his self. I. The departure of the hero The hero parts from his social group reason: a disharmony within the society he lives in. Invisible Man: his departure from the hole he lives in or his expulsion from college after which he tries to find himself. II. The voyage with adventures The hero undertakes a voyage and has to get through several adventures: fighting monsters and/ or giants, being seduced by beautiful women, being led on the wrong track. Helpful figures: good spirits who aid him and show him the right track. The height of adventures: reached in the death struggle or supreme ordeal, where the hero dies a symbolic death. This means that his former self dies, and this death is followed by a spiritual rebirth. à initiation 1. bus trip to New York fatherly advice by the vet: learn to look beneath the surface (127); play the game, but play it your own way. Learn how it operates, learn how you operate (128); be your own father, young man. And remember, the world is possibility if only you'll discover it (130). 2. disillusionments: The letters of recommendation from Bledsoe [...]
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