Invisible Man Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

Ralph Ellison

Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Grandfather: not an actual character, although his dying words greatly disturb the narrator

Jackson: a particularly sadistic member of the audience at the battle royal

Tatlock: a large and vicious boy whom the narrator is forced to fight during the battle royal

Summary
A brief anecdote about the narrator’s grandfather begins the chapter. Through his childhood and early adulthood, the narrator is confused by his grandfather’s “deathbed curse.” After the narrator gives his high school graduation speech on humility, he is invited to give his speech before a special audience. At this event, the narrator realizes that young men from...

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