Black Boy

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Harrison Character Analysis

An African American man who works at another optometry shop across the street from Richard’s in Memphis, Harrison later agrees to box with Richard to entertain the white workers in that neighborhood. After the fight, both Richard and Harrison are ashamed of their performance for their white racist “co-workers,” and the two speak very little to one another again.
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Harrison Character Timeline in Black Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Harrison appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
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...foreman in the optician’s shop, who tells Richard that an African American young man named Harrison, in a “rival shop” across the street, wants to fight Richard. Richard is confused by... (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
Hunger, Illness, and Suffering Theme Icon
Christianity and “Being Saved” Theme Icon
Society and the Individual Theme Icon
...and a few other white men from the shop ask Richard if he would fight Harrison with gloves, while other white men stood around watching and betting on the action. Richard’s... (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
Hunger, Illness, and Suffering Theme Icon
Christianity and “Being Saved” Theme Icon
Society and the Individual Theme Icon
The fight is held on a Saturday, and Richard and Harrison are surrounded by agitated and boisterous white men, who begin shouting at each when the... (full context)