In the Invisible Man the theme of blindness was constantly associated with the characters and the events. However, one had to ?read between the lines? to truly understand what Ellison was telling his audience. He was not telling you why certain characters were blind in the literary sense, but for you to find the deeper meaning. Ellison simply stated the facts and allowed you, the reader, to find the truth through your own vision.
In defining the theme of blindness in the novel I would have to say that the blindness was not a thing but more of an idea that represented a group of people who were too distracted and confused by society to truly see. Rather the group of individuals chooses to ignore the truth. One character that fits into this group is Brother Jack. Brother Jack was the man who proposed the offer to the narrator to join The Brotherhood, but in the end Brother Jack turned out to be a key reason why the narrator left. At the end of the novel the narrator discovers that Brother Jack has a glass eye. When the eye falls out during a meeting the narrator is surprised. ?I
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