Ralph Ellison: "Battle Royale"
- Explain how you feel about this as a story. What makes it good or effective? What methods does Ralph Ellison use to capture the audience’s attention? Think beyond the obvious and support your ideas with specific quotes or references.
- At the end of the story, the narrator is told to be a leader, but this instruction comes with certain qualifications. What are they, why are they given such emphasis, and what are their implications about the world in which the narrator lives?
- At the end of the story, the narrator is going somewhere. Where is he going, why is he going, and how does that decision conform (or fail to conform) to his grandfather’s instructions?