Retrieved on 17 March 2016. The narrator stands up under the attacks of Brother Tobitt and Brother Jack. A white Northern liberal and multi-millionaire who provides financial support for Dr. Norton as the great white father. The pretense that Jack has created repeatedly throughout the novel and which fooled the narrator is starting to become more evident to him. Recall that Jim Trueblood faced a similar moral dilemma as he struggled to reconcile the financial and material needs of his family with his desire to save face in the eyes of his community.
He predicts that if the Brotherhood does not follow through with the spirit that was raised at the funeral they would lose much support. The narrator is later called before a meeting of the Brotherhood and accused of putting his own ambitions ahead of the group. The only motivation to which the narrator can cling is an affirmation that his own absurdity is more important to him than Jack's or Ras's. National Book Awards Acceptance Speeches. Determined to pay tribute to his friend, the narrator organizes a lavish funeral and eulogizes.
However, to receive it, he must first take part in a brutal, humiliating for the entertainment of the town's rich white dignitaries. The narrator replies that it brought the people out who had stopped supporting them and that since he could not reach the committee beforehand he had acted on his personal responsibility. However, his mind is not quite able to make the connection between Jack's blindness and Barbee's blindness and his own. It was a desperate, self-destructive act aimed at expressing his own self-hatred at selling his people by being part of an organization that exploits blacks, using them only to advance its own social goals and seeing them as nothing more than dolls or puppets. A preacher from Chicago who visits the narrator's college. He has done something not because someone told him to, but because he chose to.
Understanding that Rinehart has adapted to white society at the cost of his own identity, the narrator resolves to undermine the Brotherhood by feeding them dishonest information concerning the Harlem membership and situation. Now, however, he has realized that his own identity, both in its flexibility and authenticity, is the key to freedom. However, Bledsoe gives several sealed letters of recommendation to the narrator, to be delivered to friends of the college in order to assist him in finding a job so that he may eventually re-enroll. The narrator wonders about the crowd, whether they are connected to Clifton, attracted to the spectacle, or see the event as an outlet for their grievances. He returns to his old office to look for Brother Tarp but fails to find anyone in the building.
Wishing to speak it over with Hambro, he takes a cab to his house. Left alone, the narrator realizes that after that night, he can never again be the same. Invisible Man won the U. Barrelhouse breaks it up, telling Rinehart to leave. It was a bank, a piece of early Americana, the kind of bank which, if a coin is placed in the hand and a lever pressed upon the back, will raise its arm and flip the coin into the grinning mouth. Once he reaches his office, he tries to make the doll dance.
The policemen could not allow Clifton to sell any sort of power and he must be shot down The narrator is correct in his assumption that entertainment of the type which Clifton produced equals political death, but he does not understand the reasons why and that he too is destined for a similar fate. However, Ellison also frequently portrays the narrator as blind to the realities of race relations. Jack uses the eye as an example of how little the narrator knows about the organization. Rich and poor, brothers and sisters, and nonmembers of the Brotherhood alike want to mourn for a man everybody loved. That's my life, telling white folk how to think about the things I know about.
And all for twenty-five cents, the quarter part of a dollar… Ladies and gentlemen, he'll bring you joy, step up and meet him, Sambo the— 20. Reallizing what rebelling had gottn Clifton, the narrator tries to back off but has already gone too far. He mourns for the unnecessary death of a man he loved, and he tells the people that Tod Clifton stands for all of them. Analysis: The interrogation scene set up following the funeral mirrors strongly the interrogation the narrator goes through with Dr. The narrator tries repeatedly to reach headquarters of the Brotherhood but can contact no one. Looking at one of the dolls he had taken from the scene, he realizes that Clifton had been making it dance by an imaginary thread. Seeing one of the policemen nearby, however, he picks up the doll and puts it in his briefcase.
He sends the loyal members out to round up as many other members as possible. They lecture him on patience and discipline, especially throwing in his jabs. The realization that one man like this can exist throws the narrator into a quandary. The reason they are so angry is the nature of Clifton's death, as he was selling such a degrading object when he died. The students and faculty of the college view Jim Trueblood as a disgrace to the black community. Clifton's was a yes role outside of the Brotherhood, but the results were just as dangerous.