Ellison's Battle Royal Essay

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Reader ResponseEllison's "Battle Royal"In Battle Royal, Ellison shows us various things to bring our attention to the painthe minority group suffered. In doing this Ellison shows us relationships between thetorment they felt to our feelings for them. When the boys enter the boxing ring, they areshown off like animals. The woman dancing represents the sick pleasure derived from theboys' torture. Ellison shows us a picture of the human mind, in seeing something to lustafter then watching young men being beaten nearly to death as a form of entertainment.He does this to show us a view of human nature.In oppression to the torment the boys developed a sort of counter attack. Theboys were so eager for the the fake money that they suffered electric shocks to grab it. Ithink this sort of surprised the audience, beings that the boys never gave up the fight. Itwas as thought giving up would have meant giving up much more than money or a boxingmatch. It would have been a loss of dignity and pride, none of them wanted to lose that.Also, by the time the boys were given the chance to chase the money, they were numbfrom pain. I don't think the new torture methods were really affecting the boys. Theirbodies became somewhat immune to the blows after awhile.My battle royal was a little bit different from the boys in the story. I did not reallysuffer from outside torment. The battle I faced was mostly inside myself. People didn'thave to say anything and I would be judging myself and putting myself down. Like theboys in the boxing ring fighting one another, I would have to fight with my own feelings toovercome things. Each time I made a decision I had to be critical about what was goodand bad for myself. Even if I didn't do anything wrong I blamed myself for things thatwould go wrong.My battle with low self esteem was an ongoing problem. It pretty much got to thepoint where I didn't even realize I was doing it to myself anymore. The words I said,although not all true, I believed completely. I had put myself down so much, thatcomplements were never taken seriously. I tried to break my habit of putting myself downby setting goals for myself. This helped a little but I honestly don't think I wanted helpback then.Finally it got to the point where I knew I had to do something. This was the timewhen I felt most powerless. I didn't think I had any control over how I felt. Half the timeI couldn't decipher whether I was happy or sad. I began to scare myself because of it. Iwould think, does this make me happy. I couldn't even think of an answer, it was thestrangest feeling I have ever had. Not knowing if you are happy or sad, seems odd Iknow.One day I came to the...

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