Ellison drew much inspiration from Dostoevsky:
I associated him, ever so distantly, with the narrator of Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground, and with that I began to structure the movement while he began to merge with my more specialized concerns with fictional form and with certain problems arising out of the pluralistic literary tradition from which I spring. [Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, New York: Random House, 1981, p. xix]As I reread this I'm impressed with the way Ellison's writing positively glitters. But I think Ellison's narrator owes more to the Underground Man than he lets on. After all, I think Ellison's narrator is the underground man reborn in a different place. Maybe we're all underground to some extent.
I wanted Will to embody some of this undergroundness displayed by the man with the diseased liver. Or is it diseased? If it is, let it be. If he won't do anything about it,
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