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Invisible Man Chapter 12
Transcript of Invisible Man Chapter 12
Narrator decides to rent a room at Mary Rambo's house and keeps to himself in his room. He lets his mind wander.
-The narrator has burned his bridges with the Men's House and is to never return
- The narrator begins to transition and act violently toward the oppressive aspects of his society (who he thinks is Dr. Bledsoe)
- Meets a new motherly or guardian-like figure to replace Bledsoe (Mary Rambo)
Mary Rambo helps the narrator and acts as almost a foil for Dr. Bledsoe. She is an activist for the black community and wants to do anything she can to further their cause while Bledsoe threatens to hang "every Negro in the country" should they hinder his own success (143).
Mary Rambo - motherly figure
- Promotes activism in the black community and expects the narrator to do the same
Chapter 12 of Invisible Man
By Ralph Ellison
"Whatever it is I hope it's a credit to the race" (255)
PROMPT 3: The plight of the African American in society becomes even more prevalent through Mary. Much like in today's society, the Narrator feels pressures to form an alliance with his race for it betterment. The same separation of races exists today as it does in the novel. 'Us versus them" mentaility
The Narrator is beginning to become more hostile towards the constraints that society has for the black community. He mistakes a preacher for Dr. Bledsoe and pours a spittoon on him. This scene can be looked at as a transition point for the Narrator who is becoming the character we saw in the prologue.
"And too late for me to see that it was not
Bledsoe but a preacher..." (257)
What will the “spot of black anger” bring in the future chapters?
Will Mary's influence bring the narrator to eventually be a public figure in the black community?