The narrator concludes that “Even an invisible man has a socially responsible role to play.” This is an important tenet of Ellison’s philosophy, for he believed that art should serve democracy. In what way is Invisible Man a novel that deals specifically with the problems and challenges of democracy?
Part of the answer, after viewing and re-viewing these works, is the philosophy of empiricism and a self-doubt that propels inquiry; it is hard enough to know one’s self, let alone know or direct the collective identity of groups of people en mass — that is to say that our social identity is amplified and even more precarious, fungible, convoluted, and bewildering or ever-progressing (much like a story unfolding, still yet untold). Potential is in the smell of springtime.
“The Police Special spoke its lines and the rhyme was completed. Just look around you. Look at what he made, look inside you and feel his awful power. It was perfectly natural. The blood ran like blood in a comic-book killing, on a comic-book street in a comic-book town on a comic-book day in a comic-book world.” (Page 458)
The Invisible Kingdom is free of illusions.
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