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If I had to pick one out of the many stories that we have read and say that it moved me the most I would have to say that the story would have to be Battle Royal The reason that the story did move me so was because of the authors keen use of symbolism the author portrays a larger meaning than what is initially implied to the reader who does not thoroughly analyze the text Initially the story seems to be about one black boys struggle to get ahead in a predominately white society He tries to accomplish this goal by adhering to his grandfathers dying words His grandfather told him to live with your head in the lions mouth I want you to overcome em with yeses undermine em with grins agree em to death and destruction let em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open In other words his grandfather was telling him to conform to the white peoples way of life in order to get ahead I believe that the story had a deeper meaning than the aforementioned one I believe that if the reader were to take a deeper look into all of the symbolism in the story one would find that the summation of all the symbolism is equal to not only the struggle of this black boy but the struggle of blacks at the time in which the story takes place I think that if one were to analyze the grandfathers dying words one would find the view of most conformist black Americans The only way for a black person to excel at that time was to conform to the white society Any rebels that tried to stand up for their rights were most likely killed by anti-black groups such as the KKK There was one symbol in the story that stood out especially in my mind and that was the stripper She was a
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