The Question and Answer section for The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The narrator is torn between his racial identities. He constantly struggles to find himself. Not being given a name illustrates this struggle for identity.
The narrator digs up a number of colored bottles, which serve to decorate the flower beds. He wants to see if they grow like the flowers.
I can see in this half vision a little house—I am quite sure it was not a large one—I can remember that...
The novel takes place during the early 1900s in various locations which include; Atlanta (Georgia), Jacksonville (Florida), Paris (France), and Berlin (Germany).