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From the excerpt Battle Royal in Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man Ellison uses the unnamed protagonist to give an in depth illustration of the negative effects of racism and segregation The unnamed protagonist is propelled from living according to the perceptions of what he believes he is and is trying to survive in a society where he is not supposed to exist none the less thrive The Invisible Mans blindness and invisibility is not solely based on his skin color it is a direct result of the prejudices that he is faced with by the white society The white community is unable to see past the Invisible Mans skin color nor are they able to see past the stereotypes of the black man The white male characters that appear in the excerpt from battle royal are influential white males who do not fear anything rather they are the ones who threaten the weaker races They purposely torment the black males as a form of entertainment in hopes they would respond in acts of violence We snatched and grabbed Leggo nigger Leggo2381 The white males have established their individuality and have the power to change where as the black male are trapped in desperation to seek change The Invisible Mans primary reason for being present at the battle of royal is to deliver his speech to the white citizens of his community with the hope of gaining acceptance I felt that only these men could judge truly my ability 2380Invisible Man is forced into participating in the battle before he is permitted to speak To the black men Invisible Man is not seen as an educated man rather he will cause someone else to earn less money As to the white man Invisible Man is seen as just another black man Invisible Man is oblivious to the perception the white man has over him until he is forced into the ring and a glimpse
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