Invisible Man
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
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Sambo Doll

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

When the narrator further examines the paper doll that Clifton was selling, he realizes that Clifton controlled the doll with a thin black string that was invisible to the audience. Clifton puppeteers the flimsy black doll in much the same way that the Brotherhood manipulated both Clifton and the narrator, or the way the narrator has been manipulated his entire life, or the way blacks have been manipulated for whites' entertainment (think of the battle royal, for example).

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