Character Analysis Of Brother Jack And Brother Tod In Ralph Ellison’s, The Invisible Man

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Ralph Ellison’s “The Invisible Man”, is a novel that reveals the characters psychological growth. Also, in this novel the story revolves around the narrator as an individual. In this novel the narrator relates the whole story in a first person point of view in which his name is never revealed. The narrator remains a voice throughout the entire novel, never establishing a concrete presence in the story. This is why he is looked at as an “invisible man.” In the novel, he is an African American who is extremely vulnerable to the pressure that society put upon him. The narrator in the story is a dynamic character who does not realize what is really going on around him. He also constantly ignores the truth about everything that is going on in the world around him, although Ellison does make sure that the reader can see the narrator’s blindness. For most of the story, the narrator seems to remain innocent and has no hard feelings towards any of the other characters in the novel. I believe this causes him to miss out on some of the stories true meanings and important events. Early in the novel the narrator agrees to become the Brotherhood’s spokesperson, which in my opinion enables the Brotherhood to use him. Although in time, his intelligence allows him to rebel against this conflict.

Ellison uses Brother Jack, the leader of the Brotherhood, to reveal realistic situations in the life of an African American and the victims that come about with an African American’s lifestyle during the time this novel was actually published. At the beginning of the story, Jack seems to be a very caring, generous, and honorable person. He gives away his job, along with money and many other things in order to help his fellow African American people. But, as the story evolves it becomes known that the narrator and most of the other African Americans are all unseen or “invisible” to Brother Jack. Jack uses the narrator as a tool in order to advance some of the Brotherhood’s goals. The Brotherhood soon figures out that Jack...

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