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What is the theme of Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal"?

"Battle Royal" is part of Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man in which Ellison likens being black to being invisible to white race. There are several themes running through this short story, but...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2012 9:36 am UTC

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What is the symbolism of the stripper in "Battle Royal"? Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

The "magnificent blonde" with the yellow hair of a kewpie doll" is simultaneously a symbol of the oppression of the young black men in the group—she becomes the tool of their sexual humiliation and...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 2:32 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of the dream at the end of the story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” is the first chapter of The Invisible Man. It tells the story of an African American teenager who is pitted against other young men in a blind “battle royal” for the...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 9:48 am UTC

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What is the overall meaning of "Battle Royal" as a story?

The opening battle in the novel The Invisible Man is extremely significant, as it sets up the thematic setting of the rest of the story. The main character is persecuted, punished, and oppressed in...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 1:46 am UTC

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What is a good thesis statement about racism for Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal"?  

Because Ellison's Invisible Man, from which "Battle Royal" is taken, offers a complex and nearly comprehensive indictment of racism in early twentieth-century America, multiple thesis statements...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 5:23 pm UTC

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In "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison, what does the dancer represent? What's tattooed on her belly and why are they...

The dancer has an American flag tattooed on her belly. She represents the white America the black young men are forbidden to look at or aspire to. The young men are afraid to look at her because...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 1:17 pm UTC

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What is the central conflict in "Battle Royal"?

The central conflict in "Battle Royal" is of the character versus society variety: the narrator conflicts with the white society that demeans and oppresses him. First, he is invited to give his...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 3:47 pm UTC

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In Ralph Ellison' short story "Battle Royal," what is the significance of the fact that the narrator mixes up the...

The white audience, which has been mocking the black narrator during his speech by having him repeat the word "responsibility" over and over, falls ominously silent when he replaces...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018 1:31 pm UTC

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Why is it significant that the town is named Greenwood and that the other briefcase comes from Shad Whitmore's shop?

The significance of these names is open to interpretation. Both are mentioned in the Battle Royal scene in the novel's first chapter, which is sometimes extracted from Invisible Man and read as a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018 5:11 pm UTC

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List two instances of irony in Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison.

One instance of irony is that the white men believe they've put narrator in a position beneath them because he's inferior to them; in reality, he's using their prejudiced beliefs to rise higher...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 2:48 am UTC

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In the "Battle Royal" section of Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, what are examples of tone, diction, and irony,...

The “Battle Royal” episode of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man can be examined in terms of such literary techniques as irony, tone, and diction and also with regard to the theme of the influence...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2011 4:32 am UTC

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In "Battle Royal," who are the protagonist and the antagonist?  Give examples from the story to support your answer.

The protagonist in "Battle Royal" is the narrator. The other nine African-American youth do not "care too much" for him and are, therefore, not pleased that he will be at the fight, so they feel...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2017 3:17 am UTC

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How does Ellison show symbolism and imagery through the speech, naked women, boxing mathch and coins? The Invisible...

The first chapter of The Invisible Manby Ralph Ellison presents symbolically what the narrator learns throughout the novel: The black man has been exploited and continues to be "invisible" as a...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2011 12:59 am UTC

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What is the significance of the advice given by the narrator's grandfather in "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

“Battle Royal,” published as a short story and then as the first chapter in The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison presents the main character, the unnamed young, black narrator. The story takes place...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012 2:06 pm UTC

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How is the American Dream reflected in the story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

In "Battle Royal," the American Dream is presented as an almighty sham, something that only white people can ever attain. Initially, the unnamed narrator is naive; he thinks, that, he too has a...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 7:26 am UTC

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What is a battle royal and what is the narrator's attitude toward the battle in which he must participate? Why?

In "Battle Royal," the battle is an entertainment the young black men, who thought they came to be honored for their high school achievements, have to provide for the white business leaders, called...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 5:29 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of the grandfather's deathbed scene in "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison? What those the narrator's...

The story opens with the narrator remembering his grandfather’s death. At the end of the story, he wonders if the dream is prophetic. The narrator reflects on how his grandparents were lied to...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 9:49 pm UTC

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Explain the difference between "social responsibility and social equality" in "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison.

“Battle Royal” is the first chapter of the acclaimed novel The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. The narrator, now a 40 year old man, looks back at his high school graduation speech that was given to...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 5:53 am UTC

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I need a thesis statement relating the hero's journey to Ralph Ellison's Battle Royal. Do you have any ideas?

The hero's journey is a pattern commonly found in narratives throughout history involving the hero—the main character the story follows—and his or her growth as a character through a series of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 4:38 pm UTC

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Give the climax and epilogue from the story "Battle Royal."  Support your answers with examples from the story.

“Battle Royal” is the title to chapter one of Ralph Ellison’s book Invisible Man. It is possible to identify the climax to this chapter using a standard plot chart. Let’s start by listing some of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2017 3:46 am UTC

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Why do you think there is always an emphasis on “blindness” in the story? Provide examples

In Battle Royal, blindness is used as a symbol of how those subjected to racial oppression are often not fully aware of just how much society discriminates against them. The boys forced to...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 4:53 am UTC

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In "Battle Royal", what does it mean to the narrator to have the superintendent of school at the hotel give his speech?

The narrator is at first quite honored to find that the superintendent of schools is among the men at the gathering in the hotel. Then when the white men's behavior becomes rude and offensive...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2009 1:21 pm UTC

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Explain the motif of "blindness" in the short story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison.

Blindness is a complicated motif in this story. On the simplest level, blindness regarding society is what black people experience in white society. We are shown a world in which white people...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 7:17 pm UTC

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In "Battle Royal," how can you interpret the last words of the grandfather to his son?

The grandfather's final words to the story's narrator tell the narrator that his grandfather has been at war his entire life. The grandfather also wants his grandson to know that the war is...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 2:49 pm UTC

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Give two possible themes for "Battle Royal."  Give examples from the story to support your answer.

"Battle Royal" is chapter one of Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man. Many of the themes that run throughout the book are present in chapter one. The two themes that I will discuss from this...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2017 10:57 pm UTC

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How does the grandfather’s point of view affect the reader’s perception of the grandson’s life in "Battle Royal"?

The narrator's grandfather had been a slave, and after the emancipation he had lived what looked to be a peaceful life. However, on his deathbed he tells the narrator's father that "'our life is a...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020 12:49 pm UTC

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What is symbolic in "Battle Royal" and why?

There are likely a couple of symbolic images that a reader could pull from this story. One of the most visceral images is the naked white woman that is made to dance seductively before the rich,...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 3:36 am UTC

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What does the magnificent blonde represent in the story?

The blonde, who has a tattoo of the American flag on her lower belly, represents the way in which white women have been used as sexual objects and how their status as both sexual objects and...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018 6:26 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Ralph Ellison's view of the South in "Battle Royal" with William Faulkner's in "A Rose for...

William Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily" and Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal," a chapter from his novel Invisible Man that is also sometimes excerpted as a short story in literary...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2017 1:07 am UTC

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What is a good response to the short story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

I would respond to this story by saying it shows the evils of racism. The narrator is a high school graduate who has won a scholarship to a state college for blacks. He is invited, along with other...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 10:41 pm UTC

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What point of view is used in "Battle Royal"?

The opening chapter of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, “Battle Royal,” is told from a first-person narrative point of view, from the unnamed narrator’s perspective. Among other things, this means...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 9:02 am UTC

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In Ralph Ellison's Battle Royal, what is the significance of the electrified rug covered with bills and coins? How...

Ralph Ellison's short story Battle Royal is a serious indictment of those who sought to play 'the white man's game' in the misguided belief that such conduct would somehow ingratiate...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 4:12 am UTC

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What could be the significance of the smoky atmosphere in the hall where the battle royal takes place in "Battle Royal"?

Feel free to explore your own thoughts on this answer, as the narrator doesn't give a definitive explanation about the significance of the smoke. It should be somewhat clear to readers that the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 12:17 am UTC

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Who are the community leaders in Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison?

Ralph Ellison's initiation story "The Battle Royal" is the first chapter in his novel Invisible Man. The unnamed narrator and other black young men in "The Battle Royal" fight blindfolded in front...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 9:17 pm UTC

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How is "Battle Royal" an archetypal initiation story?

An archetype is a model that other similar things emulate and/or try to copy. While not every initiation story fits a perfect mold, they often have several similarities. One example is that most...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 12:29 pm UTC

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What is the plot of "Battle Royal"?

Plot is a principle of Formalist criticism (and later Structuralist criticism) and identifies the movement underlying action. Plot is considered by Formalist theory to be different from story,...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 4:42 am UTC

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What special indignities are imposed on the narrator in "Battle Royal"? Why does he have difficulty delivering his...

The narrator, along with the other African-American boys, is forced to perform a variety of degrading and humiliating tasks for the entertainment of a baying crowd of drunken white men. As well as...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020 11:41 am UTC

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How does the plot develop in Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison?

The action in Ellison's Battle Royal is framed by references to the boy's grandfather, who early on is quoted as telling his own son to infiltrate the white world and to defeat it with agreement,...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2015 11:00 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the nude dancer in "Battle Royal"?

The significance of the dancer is two-fold. First, she serves as a way to make the boys in the ring even more uncomfortable than they already are. The white men have designed an event to make all...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 11:55 pm UTC

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How does the grandfather's deathbed speech influence the narrator's life?

You'll find a helpful answer at the following link: http://www.enotes.com/battle-royal-ralph-ellison/q-and-a/battle-royal-how-can-you-interpret-last-words-291443

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 1:06 am UTC

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Describe how the structure of "Battle Royal" underlies the story's attract on racism. i would like to know...

The narrator and the other black boys involved are lured to the site of the Battle with other bait--for instance, the narrator has been told he is there to read his essay/speech which is deemed the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2008 11:44 am UTC

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What role does isolation play in the short story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison? How does isolation affect the...

In Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal,” isolation is a pervasive theme that manifests in many nuanced ways. There is the isolation of communities, black from white. The dying grandfather is isolated...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 3:03 am UTC

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What might the story "Battle Royal" say allegorically to the reader?

The fact that a young black high school graduate is treated in a way that deceives and humiliates him is an allegory for how he will be treated throughout life because he is black. When the...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 12:46 am UTC

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What are two specific events in the story "Battle Royal" that are meant to explain certain aspects of the African...

One small event that explains certain aspects of the time before civil rights movement is the fact the narrator and the other nine young men who are to take part in the boxing battle are crowded...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019 8:53 pm UTC

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Examine some of the story's prominent symbols,  and tie them into the story's central message about racism and white...

“Battle Royal” is rife with symbolism and allusion, especially through the section of the story that depicts the degradation of the narrator and other young African American men. The naked white...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 12:49 pm UTC

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Please suggest a topic sentence for a compare and contrast essay on "Battle Royal"  (Ralph Ellison) and "Sonny's...

A compare and contrast topic sentence for these two stories might look at a theme the two stories share (comparison) and then make a claim about how this theme is handled differently in each story...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019 5:55 am UTC

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How can I analyze the symbolic purpose of the naked blonde in “Battle Royal” by Ellison? What is her purpose in the...

I'm not sure how tightly you have to relate your analysis to racism. Racism is a form of discrimination, and sexism is also a form of discrimination. The two do relate in that aspect. You could do...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 1:35 am UTC

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How does the writing style convey the character's struggle to come to terms with what his grandfather said to him...

The writing style of Ellison's story "Battle Royal" (from the novel Invisible Man) is one of the frame story. The narrator is telling about the advice his grandfather gave to his father (the...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2011 9:11 am UTC

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Compare and contrast "A Rose For Emily" and "Battle Royal."  

The narrator in “A Rose for Emily” describes how the townspeople thought of Emily and her father as a “tableau”: a pair of figures riding in a buggy, Miss Emily in white, her father holding a whip....

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 1:04 am UTC

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How would you describe the language of the story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

“Battle Royal” is written in the first person, as the narrator tells the reader what happened to him in the past. The language used by the narrator is fairly plain, as the author does not use many...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 9:13 am UTC

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