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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Analysis: Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Frank, Thoughtful

The narrator tells it like it is – or, at least, how he perceives it. And although his story could easily have degenerated into a sob story of racial injustice, anger, and hate, the narrator's frank and thoughtful tone allows for a more reflective edge to the story. It probably helps that he's telling his story from hibernation, allowing him to capture the truth to the moments in his life.

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