Essay on Battle Royal, by Ralph Ellison

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Battle Royal

     If I had to pick one out of the many stories that we have read and say that it moved me the most, I would have to say that the story would have to be
"Battle Royal." The reason that the story did move me so was because of the author's keens use of symbolism. I intend to prove, using textual evidence, that through the use of symbolism, the author portrays a larger meaning than what is initially implied to the reader who does not thoroughly analyze the text.
     Initially, the story seems to be about one black boy's struggle to get ahead in a prodominetly white society. He tries' to accomplish this goal by adhering to his grandfathers dieing words. His grand
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The only way for a black person to excel at that time was to conform to the white society. Any rebels that tried to stand up for their rights were mostly killed by anti-black groups such as the KKK.
     There was one symbol in the story that stood out especially in my mind and that was the stripper. She was a tall blonde haired blue eyed woman with a tattoo of the American flag on her belie. I think that the stripper symbolized the perfect American white woman, something that a black man could strive his whole life to attain, but would never receive. This was a symbol of the many things that a white man could have, whereas a black man could not.
     I believe that the blind folded boxing in the story is a representation of the blind hatred of blacks at the time this story took place. By blind hatred
I mean the ignorance of the people of the time who could hate a person for the color of their skin. The boxers in the ring wailed at each other, not knowing whom they were hitting or why, just that they had to fight. This was true in the white American society of the time because they didn't know the black people, they blindly sent blows of segregation without actually knowing each individual, but stereotyped a whole race as no good and as lesser beings simply for the color of their skin.
     Another important symbol in the story that helps piece together my theory of the meaning of the story was

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