Mary is a motherly figure for the narrator, a caring woman who provides food and shelter in the narrator’s time of need. The narrator feels indebted to Mary, despite finding her bothersome from time to time. Mary also has high ideals, telling the narrator that whatever he does, he should be a “credit to the race.”
The timeline below shows where the character Mary Rambo appears in Invisible Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The narrator moves into Mary Rambo’s house, which he finds pleasant except for Mary’s constant talk about “leadership and responsibility.” The compensation money from the factory quickly runs out,... (full context)