The Underground Railroad

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Boseman Character Analysis

Boseman is an accomplice of Ridgeway’s. He wears a necklace of shriveled ears, which he won from a Native American man in a wrestling contest. He is described as unintelligent and is more naïve and sentimental than Ridgway. Boseman is fatally shot by Royal after being caught attempting to rape Cora.
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Boseman Character Timeline in The Underground Railroad

The timeline below shows where the character Boseman appears in The Underground Railroad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: Tennessee
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...is unlucky. People stare at the group of them: Cora and Jasper, Ridgeway, his accomplice Boseman (with the necklace of shriveled ears), and 10-year-old Homer. Although Homer is so young, he... (full context)
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Boseman has been riding with Ridgeway for three years; their crew used to be bigger, but... (full context)
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Jasper tells Boseman that God will see his sins and judge him accordingly. Without a word, Ridgeway shoots... (full context)
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...that such dancing is “real conversation,” unlike Ridgeway’s spew of words. Back at the wagon, Boseman admits that he went to a brothel but was too paranoid by his suspicion that... (full context)
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Later, Boseman sneaks over to Cora, putting a hand over her mouth. Cora has been preparing for... (full context)
Chapter 10: Indiana
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...who is absent, likes to create a “mood.” Justin is shocked that Royal just killed Boseman, but Red suggests Boseman surely deserved it. Royal is the first freeborn black person Cora... (full context)