Brother Jack, the opposite of Ras, is another leader the narrator meets and joins his Brotherhood.
Is it safe to walk down a dark and dangerous alley where you cannot see what is in front of you? Instead, he appears near its close as a set of signifiers, which when the invisible man dons the green glasses and wide hat, will lead him to be mistaken as Rinehart—a sharpie, numbers-runner, pimp, lover, briber, and reverend.
The most blatant example of this is Trueblood's incest account. The narrator finds Clifton, selling paper Samba dolls a few moments before Clifton is gunned down by a policeman for resisting arrest.
Ralph Ellison fabricated such a character in Invisible Man, famously known by all of Harlem as Rinehart. And so our story begins. Because my analysis here is concerned as much with how we read Ellison as it is with his primary material, I often come at the character from a tertiary perspective: reading Bradley reading Ellison.
Bledsoe, with words of recommendation. When a riot breaks out, the narrator flees for his life, moving underground.Ras believes in returning to his roots as a black man and has a hatred for the white man. Each document explains that the narrator must not be told of this, for his chances of returning to the college were impossible, and the college did not wish to deal with the backlash of him knowing this. Norton ended up recovering fully, but when news of what had happened reached Dr. Though this was his general intent from the beginning, the narrator later realizes that it was also what Jack and the other Brotherhood members wanted as well, and that in trying to undermine them, he has only served them further. Norton, but the bartender won't let him. There is a strict hierarchical organization of the Brotherhood, its central committee, is the principal definer and mover of history with the lower committees as puppets or pawns. When he returns he finds that most of the members have left, and the community feels betrayed by the organization. The narrator's efforts to find out who he is represents the way in which we all must strive to define ourselves. Defining oneself is one major theme that is present throughout the novel, as well as one that is constantly reinforced by the events in the story. I was becoming someone else. It gets to the point that he is not even trying to just stay hidden anymore, he is just trying to cause as much mayhem in the country as possible. They say that it was wrong to treat Clifton as a hero since he had betrayed the organization before being shot, and it was also wrong to act without the authorization of the Council. Each of the leaders develops either a friendship or becomes an enemy except Rinehart who is neither to the narrator. Bledsoe never actually intended for him to be able to re-enroll in the college. These stereotypes are, in effect, a pre-made identity.
The first brotherhood the narrator encounters is led by a West Indian man by the name of Ras, the Exhorter. He is ordered to leave Mary's domicile, and given a comfortable salary for his work, but more importantly, the narrator believes that within the Brotherhood he has found his true purpose in life.
Ras, the Exhorter is first viewed when the narrator enters the city but becomes a much stronger force once the narrator has joined the Brotherhood and stands in opposition to Ras.
On the way there, he narrowly escapes being assaulted by black nationalists. What conflicts do they cause for the narrator?