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Ellison’s Invisible Man

Length of Time:   2-4 Weeks


This unit places Ellison’s seminal work against the backdrop of a variety of literature—interviews with slaves, poetry, historic documents, and thoughts by contemporaries. The novel is, at its core, about the search for identity. It is both universal and particular. Included you will find a list of sources, Study Questions for each chapter and a list of essay topics. There is the option for group work to explore additional works of literature. It is just a beginning, because as our nameless narrator notes, history ‘boomerangs’ us back to the beginning.

Essential Questions

How does this search for identity reflect our national struggle to understand ourselves?

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