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What is meant by the woman's dance in "Battle Royal" by Ralph EllisonWhat those the...

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ranger1980 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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What is meant by the woman's dance in "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison

What those the author men when he is talking about the naked blonde's erotic dance?

What those he's to tell us in the reading when he mention "I might as well take part in the battle royal..." 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator is very confused when confronted with the woman’s dance.  He both wants to run to her and run away from her.

I had a notion that of all in the room she saw only me with her impersonal eyes.

The other boys are not sure how to react, and in fact even the men do not seem to agree on how they should.

Some threatened us if we looked and others if we did not.

After the men attack the woman and start throwing her, many of the high school boys get even more upset.  Some are crying and in hysterics.  It demonstrates the horror and debauchery of the incident, and the insanely cruel treatment of the drunk businessmen.  The girl and the black boys are both treated in an animalistic way


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