Term Paper on Battle Royal

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Battle Royal

"Battle Royal" is the story I chose to write about and it is written by Ralph Ellison. The
reason that I chose this story is because the way the author uses symbolism. The author
tries to show through symbolism that there is a different meaning than what the story
says. In the beginning, the story seems to be about one black boy's struggle to get ahead
in a white society. He tries' to accomplish this goal by living to his grandfathers dying
words. His grand father told him to "live with your head in the lion's mouth, I want you
to overcome ‘em with yes, undermine ‘em with grins, agree ‘em to death and
destruction, let ‘em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open." What he meant was
his grandfather was telling him to adjust to the white peoples way of life in order to get
ahead. I believe that the story had another meaning than this. I believe that if the
reader looks into all of the symbolism in the story they would find that the symbolism is
not only the struggle of this one black boy, but the struggle of all blacks at the time in
which this story takes place. I think that if you were to look at the grandfathers dying
words, you would find the view of most black people. The only way for a black person to do
something with their life at that time was to change to the white society. Anti-black
groups such as the KKK mostly killed any rebels that tried to stand up for their rights.
The one symbol in the story that stood out a lot was the stripper. She was a tall blonde
blue eyed woman with a tattoo of the American flag on her belly. I think that the stripper
symbolized the perfect American white woman, something that a black man could try for his
whole life to get, but would never get. This was one symbol of the many things that a
white man could have, and a black man could not. I believe that the blind folded boxing in
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