Essay on The Changing African American Mindset

1989 Words Jul 21st, 2015 8 Pages
Nishita Gandhi
Mrs. Singh
20 July 2015

The Changing African-American Mindset
In life individuals are often confronted with experiences that shape who they eventually become. The novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and the film, The Colour Purple directed by Steven Spielberg, both explore the lives of their two protagonists and examine how their experiences define them. The novel Invisible Man is dated back to the early 1900s, and is based upon an anonymous African-American man who reflects on his life experiences. In comparison, The Colour Purple is about an African-American woman who faces abusive and submissive behaviour. These experiences change them so that they become different individuals at the end of their respective journeys. Consequently, these circumstances define who the protagonists become. This change can be perceived though the protagonists’ struggle for individual identity, struggle against stereotyping and fight for freedom.
In the Invisible Man, the anonymous narrator searches for self-definition in an attempt to define himself as an individual. When the narrator begins to reflect upon his life journey he states:
“All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I [turn] someone [tries] to tell me what it [is]. I [accept] their answers too, though they [are] often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I [am] naïve. I [am] looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, [can] answer. It…

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