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Invisible Man Character List & Flashcards

Invisible Man Character List & Flashcards
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What character represents the ideology of Communism? It is symbolized by his red hair.
Brother Jack symbolizes Communism and its failure to help the American population, specifically African Americans.
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This white character pretends to champion for minority rights; however, does not really care about what African Americans need.
Brother Jack leads a group called the Brotherhood that has a mission to help minorities; however, he does not want to talk with them to find out how to best help them.
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The narrator tells the story while stealing power from an _____ company.
electric. The narrator hides away from society living in a section of a basement in building that only has white tenants. He steals power from an electric company to light his room.
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In the 1950's America, people whose skin color was not like the majority were often ignored. The skin color of the majority population was _____.
White
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Invisible Man was written in the year _____.
1952
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The novel, Invisible Man, addresses _____, a judgement based on the color of someone's skin.
Racism
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Invisible Man was written by _____ _____.
Ralph Ellison only wrote one novel, Invisible Man.
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Flashcard Content Overview

The characters that Ralph Ellison creates are complex and diverse. Each carefully constructed character interacts with the narrator to symbolize the struggles happening in the 1950's regarding African American rights. Gauge your understanding of this time and improve your understanding of these elaborate personalities.

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Invisible Man was written by _____ _____.
Ralph Ellison only wrote one novel, Invisible Man.
The novel, Invisible Man, addresses _____, a judgement based on the color of someone's skin.
Racism
Invisible Man was written in the year _____.
1952
In the 1950's America, people whose skin color was not like the majority were often ignored. The skin color of the majority population was _____.
White
The narrator tells the story while stealing power from an _____ company.
electric. The narrator hides away from society living in a section of a basement in building that only has white tenants. He steals power from an electric company to light his room.
This white character pretends to champion for minority rights; however, does not really care about what African Americans need.
Brother Jack leads a group called the Brotherhood that has a mission to help minorities; however, he does not want to talk with them to find out how to best help them.
What character represents the ideology of Communism? It is symbolized by his red hair.
Brother Jack symbolizes Communism and its failure to help the American population, specifically African Americans.
This character genuinely cares about African American rights; however, he is unsuccessful in helping them. He was a member of the Brotherhood. He leaves when he realizes it will not really help minorities.
Tod Clifton ends up selling Sambo dolls on the streets to make ends meet after he realizes the Brotherhood will not actually help African Americans.
This character loves conflict and violence. He passionately instigates riots.
Ras the Exhorter is angry about the inequality of African Americans. He likes to initiate conflict and is an advocate for the violent overthrow of white supremacy.
_____ _____ is the person that Ras the Exhorter is based upon. This real-life activist used Harlem as a starting point for many of his riots.
Marcus Garvey wanted to destroy all white society and was seen as an angry and passionate man.
This character is in a position to be able to advance equality for African Americans; however, does not use his power for others. He is only concerned about advancing himself.
Dr. Bledsoe is the President of a college. He 'plays a game' with white people to advance his position but does not care about helping other African Americans.
This character wants to help minorities; but not because he views them as equal. He donates his money so he can view himself as progressive.
Mr. Norton helps by donating money for his own pride. He does not believe African Americans are equal.
This character foolishly promotes influential society member's ideals without truly understanding the context. He is also blind. His blindness symbolizes his inability to see through these falsehoods.
Reverend Homer A. Barbee supports the mission of the college and its president. The narrator also attends this college. However, neither the narrator or the president are actually there to advance African American equality.
The Black Nationalist movement wants _____ national status for African Americans. To get this, they promote violence and riots.
separate
The college which the narrator attends wants the students to wait until equal _____ are given to them rather than fighting for them.
rights. All men are created equal is a right that is given in the Declaration of Independence. According to the college, equal rights will come to those who wait.

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