The Importance Of The Invisible Man In Battle Royal, By Ralph Ellison

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Although the Invisible was intelligent and looked upon as being a desirable candidate to succeed, he was still subjected to racism and oppression. In the chapter of Battle Royal, the Invisible Man is granted the opportunity of presenting a speech about advancement, equality and humility to high power white men. However, in order for him to present his speech he must undergo a degrading brawl where he is treated as a caged animal for entertainment. The white men’s influence and importance are the keys factors as to why the Invisible Man is oppressed and at the mercy of the white men. Of course, they white men are none to object, because to them he is inferior, an animal
Before the invisible man became the secluded man in the basement, he was
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The Invisible Man became invisible because he realized that his life was a “boomerang” (Ellison, 210) due to the effects of racialism and racism and how his place in the world is truly nonexistent. In conjunction with Battle Royal, the prologue gives a heap of insight as to why the Invisible Man would want to become desolate from others. The Invisible Man accepted that as long as racism is still alive he will always be less than a man; hence his invisibility. The lesson of Ellison’s situation when the blonde man bumped into the Invisible Man is pertinent in understanding how racialism (especially in the eyes of white men) is a cause for lack of awareness, and vice versa. The blonde man is only a representation and symbol of how society and/or white man treats black men (in this case the Invisible Man), and how black men are portrayed. In reference to the book, society mistreats black men and they are essentially non-existent and less than human since they are not respected, seen, heard or acknowledged; yet when some form of retaliation is bestowed, the invisible then becomes a savage, thug or
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