by Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man Theme of Women and Femininity
In Invisible Man, the situation of white women is drawn parallel to that of black men—both are oppressed by white male society. None of the women we encounter in the book understand their situation in this way, but the narrator repeatedly shows them as suffering from the same problems with invisibility.
Questions About Women and Femininity
- Is there anything problematic in the novel's treatment of women?
- There is a significant absence of any real commentary on black womanhood. Is this a weakness in the book? Why or why not?
- How is the Brotherhood's philosophy on the Woman Question different from how the brothers actually treat the women in their lives? Is this a weakness in the Brotherhood?
- We know there's a Woman Question. Is there a Woman Answer?
Chew on This
The magnificent naked blonde in the first chapter is just as invisible as the narrator.