Semiotic Portrayal of marginalized identity in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

  • Fehmida Manzoor


The purpose of this study is to trace out the use of semiotic resources which frame social and individual identities. The theory of Social-Semiotics highlights the social and cultural practices which transmit ideologies, generate power and frame identities. The theory of Social –semiotics is applied to explore the semiotic signs which construct oppressor and oppressed identities in a social setup. Moreover, Africana theory (Black Existentialism) is applied further to show the retaliation of the subjugated against power dominated domains in society. Qualitative research paradigm is taken up as a prime research methodology that has guided data analysis. The data is analyzed through the socio-cognitive method of Van Dijk. The data consists of lines from Invisible Man that provide an evidence of social semiotic signs which shape individual and group identities. Conclusions are thereby drawn, answering the formulated research questions and successfully achieving objectives. Ralph Ellison‟s Invisible man exhibits the semiotic signs which determine human behavioral pattern and further shows the strife of silenced subaltern invisible man for self-attainment and freedom.

How to Cite
MANZOOR, Fehmida. Semiotic Portrayal of marginalized identity in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. PUTAJ - Humanities and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 24, n. 2, p. 183-194, dec. 2017. ISSN 2219-245X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 may 2018.