Until the Brotherhood, the narrator has never experienced anything but oppression and betrayal at the hands of white people. To pick up our Jazz music metaphor again, the narrator continues to feel some cognitive dissonance in regard to his place in the Brotherhood. He has forgotten to play the game without believing in it, and has been punished for believing in appearances. Sybil becomes very drunk when they meet and tries to coerce the narrator to rape her as she has always fantasized. He tells himself that the brothers still believe in his abilities, otherwise they wouldn't want him to be speaking in their name at all.
The narrator visits a bar, one of his old Harlem haunts. Because he himself is alienated from society, young Emerson empathizes with the narrator and shows him the contents of Dr. The narrator reflects that he doesn't even really want it, but feels that it is an honor to receive it from Brother Tarp. As he heads for the elevator, the narrator sees a laughing man whom he mistakes for Dr. Bledsoe's chain is a reminder of his continued enslavement to power and materialism. He is paranoid that the narrator wants his job and explodes when he learns that he has been to a union meeting, even if by accident.
As the narrator climbs the ramp to the stage, the spotlight blinds him temporarily. By giving the narrator the link, Tarp is enabling him with the symbolic power to escape his oppressors. The narrator uses this murder to rally the people of Harlem around his funeral, but is later chastised by the Brotherhood for highlighting a man who would be caught in such a degrading act. They cannot be removed without potential harm to the fabric coatings and are not covered by warranty. Brother Tarp's chain link is much different than Bledsoe's. His hold over the narrator falls away when he admits to him that he is not meant to think.
When the march takes place two days later, the community is stirred and angry. Once he reaches his office, he tries to make the doll dance. He asks the narrator if he would like to be the new Booker T. He heads downtown to his new assignment. When the narrator asks for an explanation of the decision he is not given one, suggesting that the party has turned against him or that the party considers any individual as insignificant and not worthy of receiving an explanation from the larger group.
Looking at the contents of the old woman's and her husband's lives scattered roughly across the pavement, the narrator identifies acutely with the couple. This explains their actions toward him at the end of the novel. He chooses one by scent and continues to mix and paint the tiles, but the tiles turn out sticky and gray, not hard and glossy. Perhaps the Brotherhood has completely taken over his own individual self and create a new identity for him. After the narrator's first lecture as a women's rights activist, a white woman invites him into her home to discuss the Brotherhood's ideology.
The narrator looks back on Mr. . Jack says that the Brotherhood tells the community what to think. He gives the narrator a link from the iron chain he was forced to wear on his leg as a prisoner and portrait of Frederick Douglass for his office. They decide to send the narrator to Brother Hambro to nurture his natural talent for speaking but infuse it with the rhetoric of the Brotherhood.
Ras pulls a knife but decides to spare Clifton, citing their common skin color. Not fancy, but will sew through tarp, several thicknesses of leather, and several thicknesses of jeans. I needed a way to trap that line of stitching in place. After the narrator gives his oration, he presents the boy with a leather briefcase in which he finds a scholarship to the state college for Negroes. Clifton strangely disappears from the Brotherhood while the narrator is away from Harlem.
In noting this possibility, he acknowledges the racist tendencies that permeate the North as well as the South. When the narrator objects to his remark, Brother Wrestrum cautions him that there are people in the Brotherhood who are only interested in using the organization for their own gain. He often gets into disputes and clashes with Ras the Exhorter, who feels that he is a traitor to his black race. Members of the Brotherhood drive the narrator to a rally, telling him to hold off his speech until the crowd becomes frenzied. The narrator takes a room at Mary's apartment. Do the same for all eight pieces.
The narrator notices the boilers hissing, and Brockway shouts for him to turn the valve in order to lower the pressure. One joining the two pieces together, and the other two holding the tape over the seam. He says he was imprisoned for saying no when other people tried to take something from him, but he used a steel file to free himself. In contrast, the letter writer gains power over the narrator by remaining invisible. He opens the narrator's eyes to a new meaning of identity and cynicism. Clifton stands in the midst of it, flanked by policemen.
He finally approached the narrator and asked how to get to Centre Street. He finds Clifton and Ras locked in an intense fight. Crowds begin to form in Harlem at the slightest provocation; store windows are smashed and clashes erupt. The doctors barrage him with other written questions relating to his identity, but the narrator can respond with only a mute stare. He is first viewed when the narrator enters the city but becomes a much stronger force once he has joined the Brotherhood and stands in opposition to him.