Freudian Ideas In Ralph Waldo Ellison's Invisible Man

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Ralph Waldo Ellison’s novel Invisible Man responded to the civil rights movement in a rather laid-back way in comparison to some other artists. The goal of this first-person narrative was to open the eyes of his fellow citizens, to demonstrate the life experiences of black America in the era of inequality they were and are still living in. Ellison made it clear in the prologue of his novel that we are all humans, that the only reason he and other black citizens are seen differently is because of how others choose to look at them as lesser beings. He felt he was socially responsible to get the public to see each other as equals to catalyze the movement towards racial equality. From Ellison’s novel, came Jeff Wall’s After “Invisible …show more content…
Friedan was an inspiring advocate for women’s rights, and she worked tirelessly to help society understand that their expectations and views on what women were supposed to do and be, were nothing but a social construct that could and should be broken. Not only did she beautifully break down the concept of “penis envy” and other Freudian ideas in The Feminine Mystique, she also became one of the founders of the National Organization for Women to advance women’s rights and gender equity. The Feminine Mystique reminded its audience that there was no difference between man and woman other than their genitalia, and it exposed to readers the inner struggles that women faced in society due to their culture’s expectations and suppression. Of course women were going to be jealous of men if they were treated as the better sex and allowed the freedom to do anything they wanted, purely for having penises. Since their futures basically depended on men because of the way society worked, they were forced to keep their anger hidden until people understood and changed their own views to allow that freedom; this is what Friedan worked so hard to