Cultural Significance of Ralph Waldo Ellison

Battle Royal by Ellison, Ralph

Ellison’s the Battle Royal is more that just a story as it focuses on the hardships an individual endures as an African-American male. Using an anonymous narrator, Ellison describes the battle royal that such individual has to go through in order to obtain freedom. The protagonist, nameless narrator struggles to find his place within the twentieth century society based in the south of America (Ellison (a) 56). The narrator ends up in a fight only to realize that he has been hurt and created division amongst the fighters when he call on them to have ‘social equality.’
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