Limitation of role in the society
In a fiction that was written by Ralph Ellison called the Invisible Man, one of the main characters wasthe narrator. The narrator is described as the invisible man who was black, living in America in the 1930s.In society, people never saw his true self. All they saw was racial prejudice and stereotype, which made him view himself as invisible. The narrator was intelligent, highly gifted with language, and deeply introspective, but he was limited due to his complexity and how people viewed black people. With his talent, he could do a lot for society, but there is no place for him to explore his ability as he quote, “I am invisible; understand, simply because people refuse to see me” (Motyl, 2017). The narrator struggles a lot in college as a student, as a member of a political organization known as Brotherhood and as a worker at liberty paint plant. His main aim in his entire struggle was to ensure that there is a conception in his identity that would honor his complexity.
The Narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass is nonfiction that describes one of the characters known as Frederick Douglass. Douglass had an experience of slavery since his childhood until the age of twenty, where he was able to escape to find freedom. One of his quotes that showed his suffering was, “My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed the cheerful spark that lingered about my eyes died; the night of slavery closed upon me and transformed into a brute.” He had the desire to help others, but due to slavery, he was limited in achieving most of the things in his life. Even in society, he could not use his intelligence to help those who were suffering (Widyahening & Koesdyantho, 2018).After Douglass managed to escape he dedicated his time to empowering and educating young men, where he created the abolishment of the slavery movement. He manages to move to the North, where he joined a political fight that was against the institute of slavery.
Motyl, K. (2017). 18 Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952). Handbook of the American Novel of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, 4, 278.
Widyahening, D. C. E. T., & Koesdyantho, D. A. (2018). The Struggle of Frederick Douglass to Get His Freedom as Seen in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave (A Psychological Approach). Researchers World, 9(2), 169.