Dreams and visions generally symbolize the power of the subconscious mind. Other symbolism can generally be divided into four categories:
Symbolism You are here: I believe that the story had a deeper meaning than the aforementioned one. I believe that if the reader were to take a deeper look into all of the symbolism in the story, one would find that the summation of all the symbolism is equal to not only the struggle of this one black boy, but the struggle of all blacks at the time in which this story takes place.
I think that if one were to analyze the grandfathers dying words, one would find the view of most conformist black Americans. The only way for a black person to excel at that time was to conform to the white society. Any rebels that tried to stand up for their rights were mostly killed by anti-black groups such as the KKK.
There was one symbol in the story that stood out especially in my mind and that was the stripper. She was a tall blonde haired blue eyed woman with a tattoo of the American flag on her belie.
I think that the stripper symbolized the perfect American white woman, something that a black man could strive his whole life to attain, but would never receive.
This was a symbol of the many things that a white man could have, whereas a black man could not. I believe that the blind folded boxing in the story is a representation of the blind hatred of blacks at the time this story took place.
By blind hatred I mean the ignorance of the people of the time who could hate a person for the color of their skin. The boxers in the ring wailed at each other, not knowing whom they were hitting or why, just that they had to fight. Another important symbol in the story that helps piece together my theory of the meaning of the story was the money rug.
These boys were given the opportunity to make money by simply taking it off of the rug, the only hitch being that the coins were electrified. Every time that a boy got his hands on a piece of money, they would receive an electric shock. I believe that this symbolized the black Americans economic struggle.
Every time that a black person would get a leg up in the ladder of life, someone was there to knock him back down.
And even after all the toil and hardship endured, they were no better off than they were when they started, which was true in the story also because after all the shocks that the boys had endured, when they got done, they found that the money was not real in the first place.
So they too were no better off than they were when they started. After all was done and the boy finally delivered his speech, he was given a brief case and a diploma.
I say this because the boy had to endure a boxing match, being shocked, and being called all kinds of nasty names, and he had to do it before he delivered his speech. Blacks had to conform to the white society, and were led to believe that if they conformed, they would fit in.
But as you can see in the end of the story, the young black man portrayed in the story no more fit in at the end of his speech than he did at the beginning.
No matter what hardships the boy endured, he kept his mind on his final goal, the speech that he had to deliver. I believe that this was the mainstream way of thinking of the black Americans of the time.
No matter how much they were kept down by the whites, they kept their minds on their final goal, social equality.The narrator of the Battle Royal understands that the both he and his group of "warriors" as well as the dancing blonde woman symbolize the otherness of women and minorities during this time period.
Symbolism in Ellisons Battle Royal Ralph Ellison’s short story, “Battle Royal”, is symbolic in many different ways. In one way it is symbolic of the African Americans’ struggle for equality throughout our nation’s history.
Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison, published by Random House in It addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African Americans early in the twentieth century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T.
Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity. The Tone and Style of Ralph Ellison's Battle Royal - A short analysis of the major theme found in Ellison’s Battle Royal, supported by a literary criticism dealing with the tone and style of the story.
Introduction. A master of poetic devices, Ralph Ellison incorporates numerous symbols and archetypes (universal symbols) into his novel, each providing a unique perspective on the narrative and supporting the dominant themes of invisibility and identity.
Dreams and visions generally symbolize the power of the subconscious mind. The narrator of the Battle Royal understands that the both he and his group of "warriors" as well as the dancing blonde woman symbolize the otherness of women and minorities during this time.