Invisible Man
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
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The Battle Royal Briefcase

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

We think it's symbolic that the narrator receives the briefcase as a naïve kid, and then hangs onto it for the rest of the novel. Emblematic of his past vulnerability, eagerness to please, and youthful ambitions, his final loss of the briefcase suggests a complete severance of ties to his youthful past and a true rebirth.

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