Black’s Survival Strategy: Tricksterism in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Meiling Fu


This paper is intended to investigate tricksterism in Ralph Waldo Ellison’s Invisible Man. Through analyzing the successful tricksters and the unsuccessful tricksters, this research concludes that tricksterism is a survival strategy in the society of white supremacy, and black people have to wear the mask and trick the white people for the cause of eliminating racial discrimination.


Tricksterism, Invisible Man, survival strategy, equality

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