In The Invisible Man, where does the yam seller guess the narrator is from?

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Than yam vendor knows the Inivisible Man is from the South, as the yam is a symbol of Southern soul food.  The narrator is in New York (Harlem, cold and bitter.  After he bites into the ham, he has an epiphany: he realizes he's been victimized by Dr. Bledsoe and he realizes he misses home (the South).

He embraces his cultural heritage as he bites into the good yam, "They're my birthmark...I yam what I am!" (266). A birthmark, here, is both a mark of distinctive identity and a blemish on one's body. In other words, a yam is a proud symbol and a negative stereotype of his Black Southern heritage. He, wrongfully following the lead of Dr. Bledsoe, had shame-facedly associated soul food with “field niggerism” (265), adopting instead to savor the more sophisticated...

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