Another stern disciplinarian, and Grandma and Grandpa’s oldest son, Uncle Tom lives on the outskirts of Jackson and later moves into Granny’s house. Tom attempts to discipline Wright and beat him with the switch, but Wright defends himself with a razor, saying that Tom has no say in his upbringing. Tom spends the rest of the memoir calling Wright violent and deranged.
Uncle Tom Quotes in Black Boy
The Black Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Tom or refer to Uncle Tom. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Perennial edition of Black Boy published in 2015.).
Chapter 5 Quotes
Uncle Tom, Granny says to come at once. Grandpa’s dead.
You certainly are a prize fool. Don’t you know that that’s no way to tell a person that his father’s dead?
I ran all the way out here . . . I’m out of breath. I’m sorry.
Uncle Tom Character Timeline in Black Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Tom appears in Black Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.