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Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man Essay - Critical Essays

Sample Essay Outlines

The following are topics on which you can write a substantial analytical paper. They are designed to test your understanding of major themes and details from the book as a whole. Following the topics are outlines you can use as a starting point for writing an analytical paper.

  • Topic #1
    Several times in Invisible Man, a character states that another character is crazy. Pick two examples of this, and describe what is happening. What do these moments have in common, and why does one character say that the other is crazy?

    Outline
    I. Thesis Statement: In several scenes of Invisible Man, a character states that another character is crazy; each character seems to have a specific reason for saying this.

    II. The scene at the narrator’s grandfather’s deathbed
    A. The dying man is thought to be crazy
    B. The children are rushed away
    C. The narrator hears his grandfather’s words
    D. The advice turns out to make a lot of sense

    III. “The vet” tends to Mr. Norton at the Golden Day
    A. Mr. Norton asks about the vet’s history
    B. The vet comments on Mr. Norton and the narrator
    C. Mr. Norton says the vet is crazy
    D. The vet doesn’t sound crazy, but is in an insane asylum

    IV. The narrator says that Ras the Exhorter is crazy
    A. The narrator and Tod Clifton are fighting with Ras
    B. Ras is disappointed with...

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