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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In "Battle Royal," what is the significance of the grandfather's dying speech in relation to the narrator's...

The narrator's dying grandfather conveys his anger at white people to his grandson. However, he tells him to fight white people by pretending to go along with them. This way, the grandfather says,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 8:56 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In Ellison's short story "Battle Royal," how can the dream at the end of the story be related to the major incidents...

In his dream at the end of the story, the narrator attends a circus with his grandfather, who refuses to laugh at the clowns, no matter what they do. Later, his grandfather urges him to open his...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 4:28 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In the story Battle Royal, what is the symbolism of the dancing blonde woman?

The dancing girl performing at the evening's "entertainment" represents something that the narrator, as with all African-Americans, cannot have. The narrator lives in a deeply segregated society in...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 10:29 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In the story "Battle Royal," what is the significance of the electrified carpet covered with bills and coins?

As the previous Educator mentioned, the electric carpet is not only a symbol of the way in which black people had to demean themselves in order to make a living; it's also a symbol of the mortal...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 1:53 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

Why does the narrator call himself the "invisible man" in "Battle Royal"?

In "The Prologue," which immediately precedes chapter 1, in which the "Battle Royal" takes place, the narrator establishes his definition of invisibility. He says, "I am invisible, understand,...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019 3:44 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In "Battle Royal" Chapter 1 of Invisible Man, what does the naked blonde lady represent?

Some scholars have interpreted the naked blonde lady as a symbol of the unattainable nature of the American Dream for African Americans. It's notable that the exotic dancer has a tattoo of the...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 8:02 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What is the setting in Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal" from The Invisible Man?

The broader setting of this story is a bit difficult to nail down. It takes place somewhere in the deep South of the United States, but readers are never told a specific state. We are also not told...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018 12:19 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What do the grandfather's last words mean in "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison?

The narrator's grandfather's last words, uttered to the narrator's father, are as follows: Son, after I'm gone I want you to keep up the good fight. I never told you, but our life is a war and I...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 9:41 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What are the symbols in the story "Battle Royal"?

"The Battle Royal" chapter, which is sometimes isolated from the novel as a short story, is rich with symbolism. Another symbol that has not been mentioned are the tokens. The young men in the ring...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In Ralph Ellison's story titled "Battle Royal," what symbolism is suggested by the American flag tattoo on the naked...

In Ralph Ellison’s short story “Battle Royal,” the narrator describes how, before the battle itself, a naked blonde white woman danced not only before him but also before the other black boys and...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2012 1:13 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In the short story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison, what did the grandfather mean when he said he was a traitor?

The grandfather's last words are known by many literary scholars as "The Grandfather's Riddle." It seems as if there is a hidden meaning within them, something that the narrator needs to learn and...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018 2:37 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

How does the first paragraph of the story sum up the conflict that the narrator confronts in Battle Royal?

Beyond stereotype, the narrator's conflict is also between the distortion of his identity and his need to cater to that distortion in order to get the things that he needs from white society. What...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2017 11:58 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What is the significance of the American flag on the blonde woman in "Battle Royal"?

The American flag on the "ring girl" is symbol of irony. This country is supposed to be about "all men are created equal," yet we have a bunch of ignorant, horrible white men...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2008 8:59 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

Why do his grandfather's last words cause so much anxiety in the family?

The narrator's grandparents were slaves who had been emancipated eighty-five years before the narrator recalls their lives. They believed in Booker T. Washington's notion that they were "united...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2017 1:54 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

Why do you think the narrator dreams about his grandfather after the fight? What do you think his dream means?

In Ellison's Invisible Man, the grandfather is a particularly ambiguous but important peripheral character. The narrator (the invisible man) is obviously influenced by his grandfather, especially...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 4:04 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What is the symbolic value of the battle royal?

"The Battle Royal" is the first chapter from the would-be novel Invisible Man. Ellison first wrote it as a short story, and then added a transition ending when he included it in the novel. The...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2009 10:00 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What is the most important element of fiction in the "Battle Royal" story?

Recurring throughout the "Battle Royal" passage extracted from Ralph Ellison's Invisibile Man, are layers of conflict. First of all, Ellison introduces his novel with the observation that after...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2010 6:45 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What do you think his epiphany is when he has the dream at the end of the story with his grandfather in it?

The narrator dreams at the story's end about attending the circus with his grandfather who "refused to laugh at the clowns." Later the old man tells him to open his briefcase and read...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2008 5:03 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In the story "Battle Royal," the first chapter of The Invisible Man, how does Ellison challenge the respectability of...

In his first chapter which suggests that the narrator will find himself as invisible to others in society, Ralph Ellison portrays cigar-smoking white businessmen who have merely exploited the male...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011 2:45 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

In the "Battle Royal" chapter of Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man, what are some examples of tone, diction, theme,...

The effects of the past on the narrator’s perception of the present are particularly important in the “Battle Royal” section of Chapter 1 of Ralph Ellison’s novel The Invisible Man. In fact, in the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011 4:54 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What are the major events in chapter 20 of "The Invisible Man"?

In chapter 20, the narrator is searching for the missing brothers (Clifton and Maceo) and discovers in a local bar just how far the Brotherhood has fallen in the eyes of the community.Next, the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2008 12:12 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

How can I state the theme of this story in one single sentence?

In the short story "Battle Royal," the narrator is conflicted throughout the entire story. The story opens with the unnamed narrator telling the reader that he has been trying to find answers to...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018 3:42 pm UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

Why does the narrator continue to look forward to his speech even though he is being brutalized?

I would add that the speech is his means of expressing his humanity, something universal that racism and the violence of the boxing match cannot take away from him. It's what maintains his dignity,...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2008 9:24 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What does the narrator get for saying his speech?

Much to his surprise, the narrator is presented with a fine calfskin briefcase. Inside he finds an "official-looking document" that is a scholarship to the state college for Negroes. The...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2008 12:46 am UTC

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Battle Royal; or, The Invisible Man

What are some of the main historical/cultural influencers surrounding the time of the creation of "Battle Royal"?

It is hard to remain oblivious to the backdrop of discrimination and prejudice that is reflected so strongly in this short story. Let us remember that this short story was actually re-published as...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2011 7:23 pm UTC

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