The narrator is not the only black male in the story to have experience the racism with the white men. The narrator tries to get away from the racism but struggles to, he come across multiple African Americans that attempt to do the same thing. All of these provide an idea to the correct way to be black in America and it also demonstrates how blacks should act. It is said that anyone who doesn’t follow these correct ways are betraying the race. In the beginning of the story, the narrator’s grandfather says that the only way to make racism become extinct that African Americans should be overly nice to whites.
Having endured the battle royal, and when it comes time for the narrator to give his speech, the white men all laugh and ignore him. When the narrator accidently says “social equali... ... middle of paper ... ...ir eyes off of the naked women dancing. The outbursts towards the black men is farther evidence that during that time, blacks had little to no say and had not felt equal to their white counterparts. Perhaps the most conspicuous symbol of all is the battle itself. The white men pitted a group of black men against each other; the black men were in a no win situation.
In the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the protagonist fights to not be invisible in white society. Throughout the novel the narrator struggles to make change in society but as the story progresses he also evolves as a person. The protagonist discovers that while being born African American he had to deal with people trying to set an identity for him. In chapter one the narrator expresses confusion towards his grandfather's final words. The narrators recalls that his grandfather called himself a "traitor and a spy", in the novel the narrator remembers these words and is constantly trying to identify their meaning.
In a harsh way, he learns that recognition doesn’t follow every action made by a person like him, even if large in magnitude. Likewise, his notion of humbleness in his graduation speech, even though it hindered his cultures values, was recognized by the white community. In that instance, he learned that he could receive the acknowledgement that the other whites automatically receive if he spoke of similar values. When at the Battle Royal, he was surprised by the treatment he received while preparing for the event, and although he “felt superior to them in [his] way… [he] didn’t like the manner in which [they] were all crowded together into the servants elevator” (390), remarking as if he had never experienced such conduct in his society. In
Overall, the narrator goes through the brotherhood and has many different roles, while still maintaining his pivotal role in the novel. “It was ahead of me, angry and shrill, and upon hearing it I had a sensation of shock and fear such as I had felt as a child when surprised by my father’s voice. An emptiness widened in my stomach.” (Ellison, 159) This is the feeling of the narrator as he is a witness to a “black power” speech. The narrator did not follow the beliefs of black power. He felt that everyone should be of equal standings and that nobody should act as if they were above others.
There is a boxing match and also an electric carpet, but the boy preservers through them all. At the end he is finally given a chance to deliver his speech. Although the men are being inattentive, the superintendent rewards the boy with a briefcase and a scholarship to the State College for Negroes. Through humiliation, the main character demonstrates from his grandfathers dying words what’s necessary to overcome racial inequalities. The young man’s grandfather’s dying words mean a lot to him and his family.
Bill Cosby, an influential black voice of America, claims that he does not “know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Ralph Ellison illustrates in the first chapter of his the Invisible Man, “Battle Royal,” that even after eighty-five years of freedom from slavery, black people’s willingness to comply with silence and to keep pleasing everyone’s needs except their own allows white people to continue to use and define black people for their own propriums which kept black people from advancing and living out the American Dream. “Battle Royal” conveys that the self-denying flaws are the causes of the struggle of a young black boy who strives to overcome the white’s dehumanizing treatment, which prevents him from determining his identity and attaining social equality in his quest to realize the American Dream. “Battle Royal” expresses the need to find one’s identity to gain access to one’s potential. The black narrator seeks to find himself but cannot until he perceives himself as “an invisible man” (Ellison 227). As a first-person narrator, he allows insights into his character’s thoughts and feelings as he gives his personal perspective on the actions he endures.
The first sentence out of his mouth was that he was here to “bury Caesar, not to praise him” which is a great way to start since most of the people didn’t like Caesar at the time and didn’t want to listen to some silly friend of Caesar’s say wonderful things about him. Antony also mentioned many times that their hero Brutus is an “honorable“ man. This also helped get the crowd to listen to him, because they had just heard Brutus and were all fired up about the wonderful things he had said. So both the characters start off their speeches the same, gaining credibilit... ... middle of paper ... ...d how fickle the crowd was, he made sure that they were really listening to him and really going to be his followers. Two times Antony called the people back from running away in anger and said another thing to deepen the seed he had planted in them.
Laughing in fear and embarrassment, some were holding back and scooping up the coins knocked off by the painful contortions of the others. The men roared above us as we struggled” (Ellison 273). This showed that the white men were not who everyone thought they were. To everyone in the town the men were used as the example of a good citizen, but in reality they were evil
The narrator was introduced as “the smartest boy in Greenwood” (274), but as he made his way up to the stage the white citizens gave him an applause and also was laughing at the narrator. His appearance was not the best for making an important speech to some important white citizens, his eye was swollen and throbbing and the cut from his mouth made it difficult for him to speak. Trying to make his speech the crowd was in no interest of hearing what the narrator had to say and at times they would yell out “Louder” just to interrupt his speech. A man from the front row was helpful to the narrator while making his speech, the man told him “we do mean to do right by you, but you’ve got to know your place at all times.” (276). The man making that statement made the narrator realize that he’s not the same as the white citizens because of the color of his skin.