Study Guide

Invisible Man Characters

By Ralph Ellison

Narrator

Throughout the course of the novel, our nameless narrator is mistaken for a reverend, a pimp, a...

Dr. Bledsoe

Dr. Bledsoe is the president of the narrator's college, and the narrator looks up to him until he...

Mr. Norton

This dude is richy rich and whitey white. He also helped found the narrator's college. Mr. Norton...

Brother Jack

Brother Jack, our main contact with the Brotherhood is a pretty mysterious character. A white...

Brother Tod Clifton

When we meet Brother Tod Clifton, he at first seems like a possible rival for the...

Ras the Exhorter

Ras the Destroyer (née Exhorter) is a "mahn" (as he puts it) from the West Indies. He is a...

Sybil

Sybil has basically one scene in the entire novel, but boy, is it intense. Drunken Sybil wants to...

Trueblood

Nope, this guy has nothing to do with the campy HBO show about hawt vampires, fairies,...

Rev. Barbee

Reverend Barbee is a religious man from Chicago who details the Founder and Dr. Bledsoe's quests...

Emerson

The son of a wealthy white man, Emerson is the only white guy in the novel who seems to genuinely...

Mary Rambo

A kind and motherly woman who sees plenty of potential for the narrator to contribute to racial...

Rinehart

Okay: the real Rinehart never actually appears in the novel. But then again, he doesn't need...

Brother Hambro

In Chapter 23, we finally meet the man responsible for the narrator's training. Brother Hambro...