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SHORT PLOT/CHAPTER SUMMARY (Synopsis)
Invisible Man is the story of a young black man from the South who does not fully understand racism in the world.
Filled with hope about his future, he goes to college, but gets expelled for showing one of the white benefactors the real and seamy side of black existence. He moves to Harlem and becomes an orator for the Communist party, known as the Brotherhood. In his position, he is both threatened and praised, swept up in a world he does not fully understand.
As he works for the organization, he encounters many people and situations that slowly force him to face the truth about racism and his own lack of identity.
As racial tensions in Harlem continue to build, he gets caught up in a riot that drives him to a manhole. In the darkness and solitude of the manhole, he begins to understand himself - his invisibility and his identity.
He decides to write his story down (the body of the novel) and when he is finished, he vows to enter the world again.