This video from the American Masters film Ralph Ellison: An American Journey provides a plot summary of Invisible Man focusing on the protagonist’s journey from innocence to maturity. The background essay describes the stages of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” and students are invited to compare Ellison’s novel to Campbell’s monomyth. This resource is recommended for use after students have read Invisible Man in its entirety.
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