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Invisible Man

Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

Ras the Exhorter

Character Analysis

Ras the Exhorter is a "mahn" (as he puts it) from the West Indies. He is a black nationalist and strongly opposed to Brotherhood activities. Where the Brotherhood is for integration with white society and the uplifting of all those who are oppressed, Ras the Exhorter espouses a specific, black-centered worldview. He's all for black segregation and power; at the end of the novel, he incites a race riot. His presence in the novel delineates another point of view on the situation of blacks in America – namely, black separatism.

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