The Common of Ellison's Battle Royal and Hemingway's Soldier's Home
1156 WordsJun 15, 20185 Pages
The authors have created these characters in the short stories to undergo changes, which help make it through tough events. The character development in the stories is important because it shows the changes and events that help shape and create the main characters of the story. Both authors shape the characters through contrasting events, making the characters change from a static to a dynamic character by the end of the story. The authors tie in both the past with the present to create a twist on the future of the main characters. “Soldier's Home,” by Ernest Hemingway, and “Battle Royal,” by Ralph Ellison, are both short- fictional stories sharing a common literary characteristic of character development, influenced by the other…show more content…
This character looks to others for answers and reactions which he expects to hear and recognize when telling his stories because he is a veteran. Much like the character from Ellison’s “Battle Royal,” Krebs is introduced by the author as having expectations of others’ interest and perceptions on himself, as well as his war stories.
Although the main characters in each of the stories are influenced by contrasting characters and events, both stories share a focus on the character development by these influences. These particular influences change the character from what is defined as static, to a dynamic character. Ellison creates an influence by the words of a supporting character on the main character, which haunt the character throughout the story. The grandfather’s last words were used as a symbol that puzzled the family, so it would be up to the boy to interpret what it had meant. At first the character felt anxiety and confusion from these words, but carried them with him throughout the story. According to Ellison,
“It had a tremendous effect upon me, however. I could never be sure of what it meant. Grandfather had been a quiet old man who never made any trouble, yet on his deathbed he had called himself a traitor and a spy, and he had spoken of his meekness and dangerous activity. It became a constant puzzle which lay unanswered in the back of my mind.” (Page 181, Paragraph 3, ll 5-10)
The character is discussing the effect that his grandfather’s last