Racism InBattle Royal, By Ralph Ellison

Decent Essays

Institutionalized racism remains as one of the dominate ways in which one race stays in control over other races, in “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison its illustrated socially, also economically in African Americans but it’s displayed through the men. In other words, the history of battling to survive and overcome institutionalized racism is the same as the battle of slavery the protagonist and is family are giving the tools to survive before the patriarch of the family dies. These two issues of social and economic are just two ways in which the elite whites kept African Americans in servitude and bondage of the mind, having them to think they couldn’t achieve greatness in life except for what was allowed by the dominate race. The narration within “Battle Royal” depicts a struggle that is passed down from one generation to the next until an elder in the family leaves a plan of survival.
First, the protagonist, struggles with what was said to his father from his grandfather and how the family should live and survive after he had gone. For example, grandfather left a set of instruction for the family to follow and to live by for survival, he said, “after I'm gone I want you to keep up the good fight” (p. 311). Some can say that the grandfather was letting the family know, although they should all be equal, the African Americans are not. For instance, in “Battle Royal” African Americans “were told that they were free, united with others of our country in everything pertaining

Get Access