Invisible Man Chapter 6 Summary and Analysis

Ralph Ellison

Chapter 6 Summary and Analysis

Summary
After some last-minute panic and forestalling, the narrator has his interview with Dr. Bledsoe. Though the conversation begins pleasantly, it changes suddenly when the college president heaps abuse upon the narrator. Then Dr. Bledsoe tells the narrator his decision. The narrator is dismissed from college.

The narrator’s first response is outrage and anger. This shocks and then amuses Dr. Bledsoe, who says the narrator is powerless. When it comes right down to it, the narrator does not really exist, because he does not matter. The college president tells the narrator about how a person gets power, and what it means to have it.

Dr. Bledsoe tells the narrator that he will give...

(The entire section is 435 words.)