In Invisible Man, admiration tends to fuel ambition. As the narrator admires Dr. Bledsoe, so his ambition is to one day serve as Bledsoe's assistant. The course of ambition throughout the novel also parallels that of admiration – both falter and are non-existent by the end. At the close of the novel, the narrator's aims could not be described as ambition. His ambition is constantly thwarted because he lives in a white-dominated society.
The narrator's dream after the battle royal exposes the futility of ambition, which suggests that blacks will always remain in the same place no matter how hard they try.