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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Brother Jack

Character Analysis

Brother Jack, our main contact with the Brotherhood is a pretty mysterious character. A white male, he easily enters the narrator's life and offers him a ton of opportunities off the bat: money, a job, and the chance to represent his community. Sweet deal, right? Wrong. There are many, many strings attached to the benefits that the narrator accrues through working for the Brotherhood. Brother Jack demands that the narrator renounce his past, focus on the collective, and use abstract jargon and ideology in his speeches. Although he professes to be in favor of racial equality, when the Brotherhood shifts its aims, Brother Jack willingly sacrifices the Harlem community without batting an eyelid. Speaking of eyes… Brother Jack lacks one. His literal blindness is a metaphor for the flawed nature of his vision.

Brother Jack Timeline
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