Eng 102 C
June 30th 2014
Throughout the centuries of time, each generation has sought to find significance in society. Each generation has been labeled with its struggles, losses and victories. As time has progressed, the persistent struggle to know one self has been a constant struggle for society. In the story "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison, poem "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and "The Lady of Shallot" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, there is a common thread of significance - In order to live and survive life, you have to struggle to achieve personal goals and social achievement . In "Battle Royal", a young African American man struggled to live around a white man's expectations. In "The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" an old, seasoned sailor struggles to live through his voyage of the seas.
In the poem "The Lady of Shallot" a woman a undisclosed curse till her death. To live you must therefore struggle.
The unique story of "Battle Royal" is the first chapter in a complete piece of art, 'The Invisible Man". The young man struggles to know himself and ventures on a journey of self reflection. It is a story revolving around a intelligent African American young man who seeks to maintain his pride and confidence while in a rich white man's world. He is invited to give his valedictorian speech to a group of elite white men. The white men are seen drinking whiskey, smoking, cracking jokes and seek to degrade him. He is also simultaneously struggling to understand the meaning of his grandfather's last words on his death bed." Son, after I am gone, I want you to keep up the good fight. I never...