This article is about the ragtime by el doctorow pdf novel. Father, Mother, Mother’s Younger Brother, Grandfather, and ‘the little boy’, Father and Mother’s young son. The narrator is never identified.
The family business is the manufacturer of flags and fireworks, an easy source of wealth due to the national enthusiasm for patriotic displays. Mother’s Younger Brother is a genius at explosives and fireworks, but is an insecure, unhappy character who chases after love and excitement. Into this insecure setup comes first an abandoned black child, then his severely depressed mother, Sarah. Coalhouse Walker, the child’s father, visits regularly to win Sarah’s affections.