The book begins with the character giving a description of his residence. Invisibility is portrayed here when he states that he lives in a forgotten place. This tries to imply that even his residence is invisible. He goes on to say that the basement of the house he stays in is of the nineteenth century. By declaring that he does not pay rent the protagonist is trying to further the notion of invisibility. It means that he goes unnoticed, and no one seems to realise that he exists.
For a black person to reside in a white neighbourhood there has to be something special about him. In the days when this book was written, this was not possible. Racial discrimination was a common occurrence in the mid years of 20th century. The character in this book says he lives in a white neighbourhood. This implies that he must be invisible as he goes unnoticed by many people surrounding him. Many of the people whom he interacts with are white. In the entire narration, the character only comes into contact with white people.
He writes to the white people a paper about the struggles of black men basing it on his experiences. He is awarded a scholarship as a result of this paper which is termed as “excellent”. The character in this book tries to encourage black people not to lose hope.