What Is The Theme Of Assimilationism In The Battle Royal By Ralph Ellison

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The college that the book takes place at is based upon Tuskegee University where Ralph Ellison was a student. The theme of invisibility versus visibility starts in the beginning of the book and is carried throughout it. The narrator makes us think that this theme Deals with one’s perception of others. It doesn’t mean like one would think that he someone’s literally visible. The character this paper will touch upon are: Bledsoe, the grandfather, the narrator, the vet, Norton, and Trueblood. Dr. Bledsoe is the president of the college. The young narrator is a black person who was given a scholarship to attend Dr. Bledsoe’s college. The vet, a graduate of the narrator’s college, whom we meet in their encounter at the Golden Day. He is forced to fight in the Battle Royal and gets a on-campus job driving Norton. The persistence of the “trickster” approach to the war against racial inequality bring up other themes throughout the novel such as resistance.The idea of resistance that I think the author wants us to identify the most with is assimilationism as the …show more content…

This leads into the narrator having to fight blindfolded in the Battle Royal. The black kids who are fighting are forced to look at this naked white woman by the white males who attend this gathering. The narrator states, “"We of the younger generation extol the wisdom of that great leader and educator," I shouted, "who first spoke these flaming words of wisdom, 'A ship lost… Social Responsibility”(Ellison 29-30). The young narrator is giving a speech in front of this crowd similar to one Booker T. Washington gave. He is very nervous about how the crowd is reacting to this. It leads to a lot of humility and resistance because he is delivering this speech in front of a white crowd and is discussing the topic of

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