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There was still lynching and the senseless mistreatment and even murders of African Americans by whites. In “Battle Royal,” Ralph Ellison displays the behaviors African Americans had to adopt, that was considered “desirable” to white people, to survive. But, these behaviors were also seen as a betrayal to the black race...
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But, these behaviors were also seen as a betrayal to the black race. In the story, Ellison uses imagery and a sort of twisted metaphor to demonstrate the ideological power of white supremacy that he himself had to endure. He begins with the recollection of the narrator’s grandfather’s mystifying last words, where he describes himself as a “traitor” and a “spy,” even though the narrator describes him as a “quiet old man who never made any trouble”(Charters 126)...
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