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Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison was a very difficult piece of literature for me to understand As a little background information Ellison was very much into music 228 He was born in Oklahoma City Oklahoma on March 1 1914 221 Different themes are presented throughout this short story which reflect different views that Ellison had at the time that he wrote this essay One boy is invited to speak at local mens club where he will deliver his graduation speech As I go on I will discuss the nature of the short story and how it affected me The narrators view of this entire situation at the mens club is kind of humiliating which will later set the stage for events that will happen in his future Black people are viewed different in this time period and the narrator does not understand near the end of the storyThe narrator looks up to his grandfather He told the narrators father to keep up the fight The father then tells the narrator what the grandfather told him This was just being passed down through the different generations This to me shows the loving relationship that the grandson and the grandfather share Near the end of the story however his grandfathers presence scares him to death The grandfathers advice was a little too much for the narrator to handle Live with your head in the lions mouthovercome them with yeseslet em swoller you till they vomit This scares the boy These last words that his grandfather tells him makes him feel like that there is a curse hovering over him The family being black had a harder time growing up than the more wealthy white folks did He wrote a graduation speech that totally went against his grandfathers words that he gave the narrator The towns leading white people loved the speech and asked him to deliver it at a local hotel in the ballroom This starts a
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