"Battle Royal"

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If I had to pick one out of the many stories that we have read and say that it moved me the most, I would have to say that the story would have to be 'Battle Royal.' The reason that the story did move me so was because of the author's keens use of symbolism. I intend to prove, using textual evidence, that through the use of symbolism, the author portrays a larger meaning than what is initially implied to the reader who does not thoroughly analyze the text.

Initially, the story seems to be about one black boy's struggle to get ahead in a prodominetly white society. He tries' to accomplish this goal by adhering to his grandfathers dieing words. His grand father told him to 'live with your head in the lion's mouth. I want you to overcome 'em with yeses, undermine 'em with grins, agree 'em to death and destruction, let 'em swoller you till they vomit or bust wide open.'

In other words his grandfather was telling him to conform to the white peoples way of life in order to get ahead. 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 dieing 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...