Battle Royal By Ellison Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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imprison his mind and see how things really work. He first gets a true sense in what kind of society he lives when he is invited to give his graduation speech at the battle royal. A battle royal is a sort of a barbarous boxing match in which black boys with blindfolds are forced to fight each other for the entertainment of certain town’s men. Our hero is also made to participate in this activity. "I was shocked to see some of the most important men of the town quite tipsy," he says when he sees who is there. "They were all there-bankers, lawyers, judges, doctors, fire chiefs, teachers, merchants. Even one of the more fashionable pastors." (225). After the fight, in front of that drunk and perverted crowd of white influential males he is going to present his

graduation speech, a speech that address "Social responsibility" (231). At the end of the story we finally see how his morality becomes constant with the reality that he lives. The night after the Battle Royal he has a dream. In it he hears his grandfather give him instructions to read a note that is in the briefcase which was given to him as an award. The note read, "To Whom It May Concern, Keep this Nigger-Boy Running" (233). This is the point that he realizes that the nice things he has been given are not for his benefit, but he is being about with these gifts. From all this he now knows for a fact that he lives in a society that does not except him as a person, but rather more like an animal that does not disserve any human rights. Because this society is

his reality, he now needs to alter his moral ideas so it will compliment his newly realized reality.