Invisible Man

Ellison is infamous for repitition, what do you think of the use of repeating refernces to buckets? Take a look at this speech from Booker T. Washington given at the Libety Paint Factory and see if it provides further meaning to the repeating image of the bucket.

Think about the colors: gold, red, black, white, blue and gray in the novel. What themes and motifs and emphasized using colors to enhance significance?

Invisible Man

What is the relationship between individual identity and community identity? Think of the Brotherhood and the college, or even Harlem and how it affects the narrator?

What does the briefcase mean to the narrator? Specifically how does this relate to this life on the run?

How does race unravel in the novel? Can the stereotypes and assumptions relate to the way we perceive race?