Invisible Man Chapter 23 Summary and Analysis

Ralph Ellison

Chapter 23 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Rinehart: a shadowy local figure, both a criminal and a preacher, for whom the narrator is repeatedly mistaken

Brother Maceo: one of the missing brothers; when the narrator finally finds him, Brother Maceo doesn’t recognize him because the narrator has on his “Rinehart disguise”

Brother Hambro: the narrator’s “instructor”

Summary
The narrator goes to Harlem. He avoids conversation, listening instead to the general talk about Clifton’s death. Ras is speaking at a street corner, from a ladder, and picks out the narrator for special scrutiny. The crowd is sullen, but the narrator defends the Brotherhood and himself, and gets...

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