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Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison
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Feb 18, 12

This story was a powerful story to read because of the message that it had. The main character had a good reputation as a speaker (as good of a reputation that a black man could have in the times of racism) and was on fairly good terms with the white community. Before one of his upcoming speeches, he gets beaten brutally because of a naked white woman who danced in front of the men. The white men beat him half to death just before his speech. During his speech, he replaces one of the words with the word "equality", and there is an outrage in the white audience. This is very powerful to me, because even after getting beaten brutally, he is able to compose himself to be able to deliver an articulate speech, and during the speech decides that he has had enough. The one word "equality" was a public step toward working for the civil rights for the blacks in the United States and took incredible bravery to withstand the battering that he did. This is a very powerful story to me.

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