Freedom Through Humility In Ralph Ellison's Battle Royal

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Freedom Through Humility? Ralph Ellison’s short story titled “Battle Royal” was published in 1947, but the actual story was set in 1927 a time where African-Americans were still fighting for equality and trying to overcome the legacy of slavery. Around 1947 was the time when the Civil Rights movement took place and black Americans were protesting about racial segregation and discrimination. In the 1930’s, a man named William Edward Burghardt DuBois (1868–1963), a white man was the co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and was a man that was very much involved in advocating equality, and firmly believed that scholarships promote racial equality ( “Battle Royal” is a story about…show more content…
The plot in which Ellison chose to compose his short story, mainly taking the form of flashbacks, was to show the reader how the narrator was slowly beginning to understand that his speech about humility led him to be somewhat “free” in the end, but with the consequences of having to go through negative experiences just to be “free.” Moreover, the protagonist grandfather whom was giving advice to the young man’s father proved to be true because the young man faced a lot of mistreatment and humiliation in the hands of the white men, and understanding what the grandfather mentioned about practicing false humility finally made sense to him, but it took him twenty years after his experience to understand that. Also, the setting in which “Battle Royal” took place shows why Ellison’s narrator believed that humility had to be the key to freedom, merely because during that time segregation and racial discrimination was going on and black Americans were protesting for their independence, equality and rights, as well as erecting movements that would lead into the Civil

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