Who Is The Narrator In Battle Royal

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“Battle Royal” Fighting to gain freedom doesn’t mean that one will gain equality. The Civil War ended but African American ex-slaves still suffer from discrimination in this society. Ralph Elision portrays a life of a black young man who tries to achieve his dream in white society. The narrator is haunted by his grandfather’s last words before he die throughout his young adulthood. The narrator recalls delivering the class speech at his high school graduation. The narrator arrives and receives instructions to take part in the “battle royal,” as part of the evening’s entertainment. Even though the back young man has been through the tentative stage and is being in the uncompleted stage , the unnamed narrator does reach the decisive stage of initiation by the end of the story. He…show more content…
When the narrator and his classmates arrive to the battle royal night, they are forced to watch a naked woman, a blonde, white woman with an American flag painted on her stomach. They feel uncomfortable but some of the white men demand that the black boys look at her and others threaten them if they don’t. “They caught her just as she reached a door, raised her from the floor, and tossed her as college boys are tossed at a hazing, and above her red, fixed-smiling lips I saw the terror and disgust in her eyes, almost like my own terror and that which I saw in some of the other boys” (p.236). At this point, the young man recognizes that he must watch her dance, even though he doesn’t want to. That reflects what is going on right now in society, as some situation people have to something that they don’t want to do. Same as the young man, he recognizes that he has no choice. Furthermore, when the white man puts the blindfolds on the narrator and his friends and tells them to fight each other: “I want you to run across at the bell and give him right in the belly. If you

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