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the author. He is being subjected to things beyond his control and things he had no choice to see. This was a cheap and humiliating form of entertainment. The dancing woman was not the only form of entertainment that night. All the ?guests? invited to this event had to be used as a form of entertainment also. Each of them were ?stripped? of their dignity by being blindfolded. They (the guests) did not know if they were about to be hit or slapped. They had no idea what was going to happen to them. Punching and fighting commenced and blood was shed. The narrator got a blow to the eye. It became swollen. People were hurt and crying. The men at the club could do no more to totally bash the dignity and pride that the guests had built up all their life. I think that this episode

represents part of what the grandfather had to say on his deathbed. He was basically letting other men control what he did. This makes the narrator realize that what he had in his heart was now gone and that his grandfather was right all along. He knew that this is not what he believed in. The white men were using the black teenagers as a form of entertainment. This was wrong. After the beatings, the ?men? threw money in the center of the floor and made the guests fight for it. Whoever got it first got to keep it. This type of ?dog fight? was another humiliating factor for the narrator. Everyone fought for himself. After all of this humiliation, the narrator finally got to recite his graduation speech. The crowd was still laughing at him and all the others that had been brutally

beaten. He gave his well-written speech with some quivering in his voice. The crowd actually began to listen to him while he delivered his speech. They started to listen when he said responsible. After the speech was over, the man over the ?men?s club? came up and praised him. To me, this was very ironic because why would they do that to someone and then praise him for a job well done? I am thinking that maybe they did this just to test his patience and pride. It paid off because one of the white men gave him a brief case with a document inside of it. The document was a scholarship to the State College for Negroes. The narrator was ecstatic. He then had a dream that night. He dreamed about what his grandfather had said earlier. He awoke with laughing in his ear. He had no idea

what it meant at that time. This incident with the beating made him realize that he can stand up for himself and other people in turn making him a better person for society. He felt some better because he proved them wrong. Black men in that time period can make a difference and the narrator was out to prove it. Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison