Invisible Man Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

Ralph Ellison

Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Brother Tarp: an older man who works at the Harlem Brotherhood office

Brother Tod Clifton: another member of the Brotherhood’s Harlem office, a charismatic young man

Summary
Four months have passed, during which the narrator has studied rigorously with Brother Hambro. The narrator and Brother Jack go to a bar in Harlem, where the narrator learns that he is the new chief spokesman for the Brotherhood’s Harlem office. Brother Jack cautions the narrator about the uses and misuses of what he has learned. Then the two go to the Harlem office, where they meet Brother Tarp. An old, physically disabled man, he shows the narrator his new office.

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(The entire section is 677 words.)