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Research Papers point out that the important part imagery of vision has in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is evident from its title. The title “Invisible Man” refers to a major characteristic or quality of the narrator and also to how other characters act toward him. The main character not only feels invisible, he is treated as if he were invisible.
At times, the narrator in Invisible Man actually is not seen clearly as an individual. This aspect of his invisibility is shown by the incident in the “Prologue” of Invisible Man where the narrator describes his assault on a man who attacked him. The narrator, whose real name is never given, accidentally bumped into a man one night. When the man called him an insulting name, the narrator “sprang at him [and] seized his coat lapels and demanded he apologize.” The tall blond man would not apologize, however. The narrator’s face came close enough to his so that he could feel the man’s hot breath on his face. The narrator butted the man with his head until the man was bleeding when he would not apologize. Preparing to cut the man’s throat with a knife he was opening with his teeth, the narrator realized that “the man had not seen me.” Ellison italicizes the word “seen.” Within the first few paragraphs of the “Prologue” at the beginning of the novel, Ellison emphasizes the part sight or vision will play in it. Blindness and eyes are aspects of the elements of sight or vision.