Literary Analysis of "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison The short story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison, written in 1952, is about an recent African American high school graduate. He is invited by important white citizens to give a speech when in actuality he will be apart of the battle taking place, with nine other African American men. In stead of following in the same foot steps as his grandfather and father, the narrator is on a quest to make more out of his life. The character analysis used to analyze this work will show a more in depth perspective of the narrator and the obstacles that were faced. The protagonist of the story is the narrator, a young high school graduate who is seeking to become more.
Deep Analysis of Battle Royale By Ralph Ellison Royale by Ralph Ellison is about a nameless protagonist young African American who struggles to find his place in society in the early 20th century in the south. Ellison doesn’t provided a statistics or facts about racial discrimination instead Ellison uses imagery and satire that allows readers to step into the horrific experiences of the young man described in the story. More importantly, Ellison uses the key events of “Battle Royal” to satirically show real cultural issues affecting African American society throughout history. Early in the story we learn a few things about the main character for example he is graduating from high school, also that he is an excellent speaker and that he is invited to read his speech in an all white men’s club. At this time the young man believes in the accommodations philosophy for his race “I visualized myself as a potential Booker T. Washington” (231).
This speech is very powerful and when someone is feeling unmotivated and depressed it has the ability to stir you to focus. Henry knew that he was sending his troops out into a battle they would lose but instead of dwelling on this Henry convinces his men that the battle is more than a mathematical formula that they have all come there to fight for honour, for justice and for glory. He makes fighting with him at Agincourt sound like a privilege. Henry also brings up, once more the motif of the bond between kind and commoner. In the scene before the battle of Harfleur, he unites himself with his men, he says “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
Still, he is not a perfect leader. He expresses regret and frustration as he cannot control the behavior of the other boys. The major burden that Ralph faces is that he must deal with young children unprepared to take care for themselves or fulfill any responsibility. As he explains, Ralph cannot simply give them orders and expect them to be completed, as Jack automatically assumes he can. Ralph alerts the reader to one of the major obstacles that the boys must overcome, they must behave beyond their years in order to survive and flourish long enough to be saved.
The characters of Raleigh in “Journeys End” and Tom in “The Accrington Pals” share similarities in that they both symbolise innocence and youth. Through these characters Sherriff and Whelan demonstrate how the young men of that period were pressured into enlisting often after being given false information about what the war would have been like. Jingoists and poets at the time like Jessie Pope published such works as “Who’s for the Game?” Through media such as this many of these young, sometimes underage, men were encouraged to literally sign their lives away. Sheriff and Whelan use these characters to demonstrate the innocence of the youth that was involved in the war and through this the waste of lives of people who were so young and had so much potential as a generation. Both the men are fresh faced and just out of education.
The question I choose for assignment two was, Do I Believe or disbelieve that the formula allegedly developed by “Willie Lynch” continues to operate in today’s African American community? Explain! In this assignment I believe that the formula still operate in the African American Community. My three main idea were black on black crime (young male verse old male), abusive relationship ( male verses female), and racism within African American themselves (dark skin verses light skin). The main idea I want to share with you is black on black crime, the male vs. male.
Henry V was in an awkward position; his heritage was always in question. Shakespeare shows the audience that a king can be a fox or a lion and is often both at the same time. Looking at Henry the battlefield motivator and romantic ladies man will show how leaders and even King Henry had to be a motivator, inspirational speaker, and manipulator, at all times even if it is only a farce. Other than being a motivator and sharp tongue devil, Shakespeare wanted to show how fighting foreign enemies always squelches rebellion activity at home. The argument is which King Henry are we the audience, suppose to believe?
This scene is a turning point because Terry makes up his mind to confront the mob at that moment. Although Terry complains that he “coulda been somebody”, he finally does become someone worthy of our admiration. He does this by confronting his problems, but also through the great acting of Brando which allows the audience to connect with the character. As Charley and Terry are in a cab rolling towards Terry’s death, Charley tries to convince him to take a good job and not say anything about Joey’s murder to stay alive and help the mob. In the past, Terry lost a boxing match that he could have easily won because his brother asked him to.
The U.F.C. empowers American youth to take violence to another level because their idols are influencing them to believe it is acceptable to engage in this type of unmonitored, uncontrolled fighting. Dana White founder of the U.F.C. was inspired to recreate a new sport that would take the place of boxing. This sport incorporates more action, blood, and millions of fans that pay large sums of money to be entertained by all the violence.
The conch is governing authority, keeping those desperate for power under law and giving one the opportunity to speak ones mind as only the person holding the conch is permitted to speak, “Let him have the conch!” shouts Piggy. “Let him have it!”. Golding utilizes the character of Ralph to embody, law and order and democracy through him admonishing one of the “biguns” to let a “littleun” have a chance to speak. In the beginning of the novel the younger boys contributed greatly to the election of Ralph as chief. In Lord of the Flies, the conch is blown to announce to the group that it is time to hold an assembly at the platform to discuss things of importance such as the building and maintenance of the signal fire, the hunting and capture of pigs and the