Battle Royal Part II

Battle Royal Part II

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  • The blonde represents the phrase,” You can see but not touch”. Literally she was what all the black men wanted in the room and even though she was close enough to touch they could not. The meaning ran deeper because her tattoo was an American flag. Ellison was representing the American Dream and flaunting how blacks could not reach it by dancing around them with a grin.
  • Just when the narrator thoguht he had vanquished his classmates, a bigger man was sent out deliberately for the sole purpose of crushing his confidence that he would have gained if he would have defeaded th other black students. In the ring the bigger man excepted no bribes when the narrator tries to compromise because they whites offered more.
  • The blacks are forced to experience pain and embarrassment as they try and get the coins that are available to them for the amusement of the whites. They are in a situation where they have to lose dignity to make a living, which is of. Ellison alludes to the harsh actions African-Americans had to take to be a part of the American Dream.
  • As soon as he awakens he is forced to still give his infamous speech. When reciting doctrines of Booker T. Washington, to promote integration and cooperation with whites he slips and says “Social equality.” This is important because the whites want to keep the upper hand. Ellison created the respective that equality was equivalent to loss of power to white people. He wanted us to know it made them feel threatened and uneasy.
  • When the narrator returns home he has taken the harsh reality that he was not equal to all the whites just because he tried to be among them. He is proud of his scholarship even though he was dehumanized to get it. Ellison shows that black families are appreciative to see their children be better than the history the follow up on as African Americans in America.
  • The dream reveals his grandfather who "refused to laugh at the clowns no matter what they did" because they represent blacks forced by white society to perform humiliating acts to entertain the whites. The Ellison foreshadowed that the black boys were forced into acts of submission in the Battle Royal just as lions are at a circus to reveal that they were only spectacles.
  • "Now open that one"
  • "To whom it may concern, Keep this Nigger-Boy running"
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