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Ellison does not mention the narrator's exact age, but he does say that he has just graduated and has won a scholarship to attend the State College for Negros. Therefore, the narrator is probably 17 to 18 years old.

The story revolves around the narrator attending what it is called a battle royal with the goal of delivering a speech about the importance of education in the lives of black men. Before he can, however, he has to fight...

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