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Battle Royal

by Ralph Eliison

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I did not like “Battle Royal” but it certainly kept my attention on what went on. Ellison does a great job describing the unforgiving racial discrimination between the rich and powerful white men to the naked, pitiful African Americans. Even though this takes place twenty years back, it’s interesting how the main character chose this particular memory to start off. Where the grandfather has said something out of the ordinary. He said to follow the commands of the whites, but have an underlining tone of ridicule. And it haunted the main character. Throughout the prompt there is constant reminder of him being guilted because he remembered his grandfather’s words. And the truth is that he was whitewashed, completely slave to the white men ways and that was what the main character’s grandfather did not want happening. Having this “battle royal” as entertainment, the sensual clarinet music playing and having a WHITE naked woman at the party for all men, colored or white to see, was ingenious in creating this scenario where the white men were taunting the blacks.
  lee319 | Feb 13, 2010 |
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