With the electroshock therapy in "Invisible Man", the narrator experiences a 'rebirth'. Ellison places several "clues" in the text to demonstrate. What are a few of these textual clues and what...

With the electroshock therapy in "Invisible Man", the narrator experiences a 'rebirth'.

Ellison places several "clues" in the text to demonstrate. What are a few of these textual clues and what do they mean?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Clues:

The man awakes from the electroshock therapy the same way a baby is born: Does not know where he is, does not recall nor know his name, hears the sounds of a moaning woman in pain echoing in the back (which are nothing but machines), is wiped out of his identity, his job at the plant, and everything he used to be- the world as he knew it disappeared and now they (the men who performed the therapy) are like bringing him into the world again, only he is a "new person"

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