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In the story Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison he uses a white naked exotic dancer as a big symbol in the story Tattooed on the girl that the narrator is directing his attention to is an American Flag The symbol of the American flag on the naked blonde girl relates to the many themes of the story such as the struggle for equality To understand how the American flag plays its role in the story you have to look at what it represents First the public symbol meanings of the American flag being the American dream freedom independence and equality To the main character the narrator those meanings are important to him In the story the exotic dancer was what the American flag represented It is obvious that the Narrator is attracted to the exotic dancer He wanted to caress her and destroy her love her and murder her The narrator wants what the exotic dancer represents The Narrator wants to be equal among everybody else but the white men wont let him The white men in the room force the boys to look at the dancer while others threaten them when they do It is clear that at the time that this story was written black men could never show any kind of attraction towards white women This was an unwritten but inexcusable law of society with harsh consequences How that relates to the story is that the group of black boys are not suppose to be attracted to the exotic dancer as they are not suppose to be attracted to the idea of being equal with white people This is why some of the boys try to hide the fact that they are attracted Some of them cried one of them fainted and another tried to hide the proof of his arousal They thought that if they showed that they were attracted to the exotic dancer or what she represents that they
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