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The narrator took the negative ways of Negro life and used it to gain positive results for him from his white counterparts The narrator believes that being asked to give speeches which expressed the humility that Negroes should have would serve as a stepping stone towards his goal of gaining their praises much like that of Booker T Washington With respect to his grandfather and to the honor of Mr Washington I believe the narrator was right for wanting to use the theories of Booker T Washington In Ralph Ellisons Battle Royal the narrator first begins to reflect about the many conversations that took place between him and his grandfather In the narrators reflections he recalls his grandfathers statement I want you to overcomeem with yeses undermineem with grins agreeem to death and destruction letem swoller you till they vomit or burst wide open p223 This statement was something that the narrator thought about as he began to grow and understand the Negro roll in society Although his grandfather on his deathbed uttered this statement no one dared to repeat it outside of his family circle But these were words that played around in the narrators mind as he grew and gained more experience and insight into what his grandfather actually meant by his statement Felling guilty and uncomfortable the narrator finds that his actions an example of desirable conduct-just as my grandfather had been make him worthy of praise by the most lily-white men of the town p224 This was the narrators way of getting what he needed from the white men of the town without stepping out of his place as a Negro man This the battle of wits would be the war he would have to be a traitor in p223 Upon graduation the narrator still honored the belief that he had to use deception as the key to gain the things he wanted What the narrator wanted most at the time
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