Battle Royal

Battle Royal

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  • Tell us about our grandfather!
  • I'll tell you how your grandfather earned a scholarship.
  • It begins with the death of your great great grandfather.
  • Exposition
  • Son, ... I want to keep up the good fight. I never told you, but our life is a war and I have been a traitor ..., a spy in the ... Live with your head in the lion's mouth. I want you to overcome'em with yeses, undermine'em with grins, agree'em to death and destruction...Learn it to the youngins.
  • These kids represent the grandchildren of the boy from Battle Royal. The son is going to tell the children some 50 years later how their grandfather earned a scholarship.
  • Exposition
  • Even after the slaves were freed, African Americans stilled struggled to receive equal treatment and many feared for their lives. So we didn't have to fear, your great great grandfather was spy disguised as a house servant.
  • Rising Action
  • The words he heard haunted him for he was only your age when he heard the confusing words. He thought was carrying out his grandfathers will, but he did not understand the words his grandfather was saying.
  • Rising Action
  • Most of your grandfather's childhood was spent pleasing the white folks. The superintendent was forced to come to the black schools's graduation. He was surprised by what your grandfather said and couldn't wait to show him off at town hall with the best in the area. Your grandfather didn't quite understand why the white people loved the way he and his grandfather acted, he only knew that it worked.
  • When he arrived to give the speech, everything went differently than your grandfather had imagined. He was ushered to the back where they gave him and the other boys there a pair of shorts and boxing gloves. Confused and scared they brought him to the front of the room with a shocking surprise.
  • Before they took the boys to the rink to fight, a naked women was pleasuring the men at the front of the ballroom. I understand this seems bizarre, but the superintendent wanted them to see the women so your grandfather wouldn't talk about what happened to him that night. As you know, back in that day a black man could be killed for gazing upon a white women.
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