Triumphing Over Challenges The story “Battle Royal”, by Ralph Ellison is about a young black man who has to overcome racial inequalities. The story opens with his grandfather dying words and leaving the family with words that stick with the main character for life. The main character, whose name in not mentioned, is very intelligent and because of this the prominent white businessmen ask him to give a speech at a hotel. Upon his arrival, the white men put him through many humiliating acts for their enjoyment. There is a boxing match and also an electric carpet, but the boy preservers through them all.
In Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, the main characters are used to affect the narrator’s invisibility. Each character the narrator comes in contact with in the novel, affects his invisibility. The highly ranked white men at a hotel ballroom asked the narrator to come give his high school speech for them, but in reality it turns into a night of entertainment. Dr. Bledsoe is the president at the college in which the narrator attends, and later gets kicked out due to conflicts with Bledsoe. The narrator’s grandfather plays a consistent role throughout his entire life, and continues to inflict unending thoughts in the narrator’s mind.
He uses the values and expectations to try to define himself. All that comes from that was him having to fake it to make it, still not finding out who his is as a person. Later on in the story when the narrator chooses to join the Brotherhood, he doing this is because he thinks that he can fight his way to racial equality by doing this. Once he enters in to this he figures out that they just want to use him because he was black. While at the place where this battle royal was going to take place is where some of the most important men in town are "quite tipsy", belligerent and out of control.
Filled with so many unanswered questions because of his grandfather’s words that haunt him day by day. His grandfather words are trying to have him understand that society would always go against him and his race and in order to make a change one must not give up. In the story he was invited to give the speech at the town’s gathering for the leading white citizens. His intentions were to earn the white peoples respect by letting them hear what he has to say, and maybe by delivering this speech at this event will work in his favor and some how give him a boost to start new a future. But without a choice was forced into a boxing match to fight others black men in what they call “Battle Royal” as the events entertainment for the night.
He's followed his grandfathers' words and it results in him being obedient to the views of the white men. The narrator is invited to recite a speech at a local town gathering which included politicians and town leaders. The narrator is forced to compete in a battle royal. He had to box blindfolded, get electrified by a rug filled with fake brass coins, and humiliated when it was time for him to give his speech. The problem with the boys understanding of the grandfather's ideology is that he doesn't know where his limit is.
This really gets to him; he does not know what to do. His grandfather sees life differently then he and his parents do. He does not understand his grandfather's words. He thinks his grandfather's words are a curse. He goes to the smoker to deliverer his speech, in hopes to win to win approval from the affluent men in town and a possibility to open doors for his future.
Inside the briefcase is a scholarship to the state Negro College. That night he has a dream in which his grandfather tells him to open the briefcase and read what is in the envelope. He finds that it says "To Whom It May Concern, Keep This Nigger-Boy Running." Unfortunately, he is still too disillusioned to grasp the meaning of his grandfather's warnings. During his Junior year at college, the narrator drives for Mr. Norton, one of the college founders that is visiting the campus.
In Middle Ages literature, the relationship between a son and his guardian plays a huge role in the advancement of the novel. Three writings in particular prove how this relationship is beneficial to showing the responsibilities of a father and son in the novel. The relationship between a father and song can be seen in the Song of Roland where Roland is the nephew of the King Charlemagne. Roland is given the responsibility of guarding the back flank of the army and refuses to show his weakness to Charlemagne when he dies defending it. In the story of Beowulf, Hrothgar acts as a father figure toward Beowulf.
He couldn't believe the fortune of his younger brother. He has probably been admiring the fatted cow that was killed for his brother, imagining the occasion the father would order them to kill it for him. He was discombobulated (permit me: means confused), he couldn't understand the kind of love his father had for his younger brother. The father understanding how the older son felt, came out to meet him. He reached out because he knows the hearts of his sons.
Critical Song Analysis of Blowin' In the Wind In Our expressive arts class we are studying the topic the 60’s. We were asked to analyse the song “blowin’ in the wind”. The song “blowin’ in the wind”, was a very popular song in the 60’s and was written by a man called Bob Dylan. Born May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, Bob Dylan was destined to be a star. His original name, however, was not Bob Dylan.