What does it mean to be invisible?
What does it mean to be invisible? How can you raise awareness about invisible populations?
To be invisible does not only mean to be unseen. Being unnoticed or ignored can also qualify as being invisible. Invisible people are all around us. We either choose to ignore these people or we really haven't noticed them. There are examples of invisibility in many works of literature. Whether these books are fiction or nonfiction, the characters still go through the same hardships of feeling invisible to society. Such works include Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements, Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, and the article Child homelessness at record high, report says, "call to action" for states, adapted by Newsela. These sources have several examples of characters or even real people who feel invisible to the people around them. The lives of these people are the true meaning of invisibility.
Things Not Seen- Source #1
Homeless Children- Source #2
Invisible Man- Source #3
As you can see, invisibility has impacted many people in huge ways. Being invisible makes them feel unnoticed, hidden, and ignored. This is the true definition of being invisible, along with being unseen. We can raise awareness about invisible populations by spreading the word. Telling people that such people need our help will finally make them feel like they exist. The only way to make these people visible again is to end their invisibility. When they feel like they exist again, we will have achieved our goal and learn how being invisible affected these wonderful people. Put a stop to invisibility and bring a smile to a now visible face.
- Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Vintage International, 1995. Print.
- Clements, Andrew. Things Not Seen. New York: Philomel, 2002. Print.
- "Child Homelessness at Record High, Report Says, "call to Action" for States." Newsela. N.p., n.d. Web. Apr. 2015.