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The Invisible Man’s Quest for Identity and the Diversity and Difficulty of Life in America

Write an essay 4 to 7 pages in length concerning pages 150-295 (Chapters 7-13) of Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.The Invisible Man’s crazy day at Liberty Paints is in many ways the symbolic center of the novel. Interpret: 1) His meeting with Kimbro and the lesson on paint mixing, 2) his conversation and altercation with Brockway, and 3) the forgotten-name lobotomy scene. Explain the larger importance of numbers 1, 2 and 3. Focus on the Invisible Man’s quest for identity and/or the ways numbers 2 and 3 reflect the diversity and difficulty of life in America.

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