Battle Royal, by Ralph Ellison Essay

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"Battle Royal" is the story I chose to write about and it is written by Ralph Ellison. The reason that I chose this story is because the way the author uses symbolism. The author tries to show through symbolism that there is a different meaning than what the story says. In the beginning, the story seems to be about one black boy's struggle to get ahead in a white society. He tries' to accomplish this goal by living to his grandfathers dying words. His grand father told him to "live with your head in the lion's mouth, I want you to overcome ‘em with yes, undermine ‘em with grins, agree ‘em to death and destruction, let ‘em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open." What he meant was his grandfather was telling him …show more content…
This was one symbol of the many things that a white man could have, and a black man could not. I believe that the blind folded boxing in this story shows the blind hatred of blacks at the time that this story took place. By blind hatred I think it means the stupidity of the people at the time could hate a person for the color of their skin. The boxers in the ring would swing at each other, not knowing who they were hitting or why, just that they had to fight. This was true in the white American society at the time because they didn't know the black people, they blindly sent blows of hatred without actually knowing each individual, but looked at the whole race as no good and as lesser beings simply for the color of their skin. Another important symbol in the story that I thought was important for the story was the money rug. These boys were given the opportunity to make money by taking it off of the rug; the only scam was that the coins were electrified. Every time that one of them got their hands on a piece of money, they would feel an electric shock. I believe that this showed the black peoples economic struggle. The black Americans could make lots of money, but they would have to suffer through pain and discrimination and by becoming a "puppet on a string" to the white people. Every time that a black person would get a chance
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