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Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison Essay - Ralph Ellison Long Fiction Analysis

Ralph Ellison Long Fiction Analysis

Ellison’s artistic vision is not impaired by blind spots related to racially divided cultures. While he acknowledges the expression of racial divisions in the works of such authors as Richard Wright and Langston Hughes, he is also critical of stereotyped images of blacks in fiction by white authors. Ellison’s mature attitude toward American pluralism made him aware that racism is a common phenomenon that both whites and blacks need to transcend in order to coexist.

A masterwork of American pluralism, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man insists on the integrity of individual vocabulary and racial heritage while encouraging a democratic acceptance of diverse experiences. Ellison asserts this vision through the...

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