Invisible Man

"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." ~ Ralph Ellison
sciguy18 sciguy18
56-60, M
5 Responses Dec 4, 2012

Yes,some of us do feel that way.

I am worthy of your time.
I will sit here.
My opinion contributes to the conversation.
I am not that person you cannot see.
I am me, worthy, kind and honorable.
I choose the friends I want. I love people I choose.
Sometimes the family of origin people...are toxic.
Can that hole ever be filled?

Play is on right now in Boston. I saw it, and it is really a wonderful adaptation of the book- very close to it, incredible imagery, and very powerful...... It was nice to see the quote here...
Thank you.

Had no idea this was a play. Glad you enjoyed the play - and the quote.

Ralph Waldo Ellison wrote the book, ( I thought you might get a chuckle from his middle name...as so many on this site seem fascinated by the humanist movement.), and this was published in 1952. The play I saw is an adaptation of the novel for the stage by Oren Jacoby, but there are other adaptations out there. The one by Jacoby is quite powerful- esp. in the speeches/soliloquies and there is the use of the old Satchmo song "Black and Blue" that was mind blowing! Overall, the play is incredible at the description of horrible betrayal and disillusionment, and even that Ellison satirizes at the end by betrayal again of what has been depicted as understanding.

thank you!

An interesting quote. I don't know who Ralph Ellison is/was ... or in what context he made this quote. But taken as read, I think we can probably all relate to this feeling now and again at least ... I know I can ... and I find it frustrating and annoying.

Ralph Ellison was an American writer who died about 20 years ago. This quote is from his book entitled Invisible Man. I believe it addressed social issues facing African-Americans in the early 20th century.

ah OK ... thanks for that. It makes a lot more sense ... and is a lot more poignant and powerful too in that context.