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Cruelty and Racism in Battle Royal Battle Royal is the first chapter in a novel called The Invisible Man Ralph Ellison who lived 1914 - 1994 based this novel on the life of a young black man the narrator living in the world of cruel racism The narrators life was a fine example of racism The white people in this story are merciless and malicious Ellisons definition of racism incorporates a high degree of cruelty he tells how white people take pleasure in being cruel to the black folk especially in the fight scene The white people enjoy the heartless acts that they perform Before the battle royal begins cruel white men yell and Get going in there Let me at those black sonofabitches Tear him limb from limb 309 White folks blindfold the narrator and other black boys then throw them into a ring where they pound at each other to the bloodthirsty screams of the audience The narrator scared for his life hears more and more people screaming at him and the others He tries to push the blindfold aside and a cruel voice says Oh no you dont black bastard Leave that alone 310 All of the white people are eager to see the senseless mayhem that is about to happen Ellison describes the brawl as a full bloodbath The white people do not care that the blacks are being humiliated and injured They still enjoy this brutality The men continue yelling Slug him black boy Knock his guts out Uppercut him Kill him Kill that big boy 310 By pushing the blindfold partly free the sweaty and bloody narrator escapes some of the blows The only thing the narrator knows is that the white folk loves every bit of this cruelty The fight is over and the white people want more carnage The MC calls to the fighters Come on up here boys and get your money
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