battle royal

battle royal

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  • Falling Action: Narrator receives applause and is praised for his speech accordingly.
  • Gentlemen, you see that I did not overpraise this boy.
  • *Applause and cheers*
  • Falling Action: The narrator receives a scholarship.
  • ...some day it will be filled with important papers that will help shape the destiny of your people.
  • Resolution: For once the narrator feels safe from his grandfather's words. He feels that he has overcame the struggle that his grandfather spoke of without doing as his grandfather had said.
  • Even though the narrator is praised for his speech it is made clear that the black boy will not be "overpraised". The amount of praise and success a black boy such as him can ever hope to obtain depends on how much is given to him by the white man.
  • Resolution: He dreams about his grandfather telling him to open a letter. After opening an endless amount of letters concealed inside each other, he finally is told to read one out loud.
  • "To Whom It May Concern" "Keep This Nigger-Boy Running"
  • He is overjoyed to have the opportunity to go to college and therefore doesn't realize what has actually happened. A white boy wouldn't have to go through this to get a scholarship. Plus the only reason he got the scholarship was to teach his people their place of living inferior to whites.
  • As he looks triumphantly at his grandfather's portrait,he has the sense of accomplishment. This moment is significant because of the grandfather's final words and the fact that the narrator is probably the first person in his family to attend college. His grandfather was a slave to the whites but now he can be just as successful as the whites-atleast that's what he thinks.
  • This dream brings the story back to where it started with the grandpa's words haunting the narrator and spoiling his accomplishments. Even after the huge success he has with getting the scholarship, we are reminded of the power the whites still have over him being that he is black.
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