World of Challenges In the world of segregation crises “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison is about a boy who just finished high school years and receives an invitation to present his valedictorian speech to the wealthy white men in town. Ellison’s protagonist reminisces about his naive life, 20 years before when the story was published in 1947. He grew up in the deep south of America in a town where prejudicism and racism was prominent. During this time the South is segregated because of the Jim Crow
Ralph Ellison and Amy Tan, both well-known American minority writers, explore the lives of the minority races in America in their notable works of fiction. For instance, in Ellison’s “Battle Royal” and Tan’s “Rules of the Game”, both stories taken from the writers’ novels, the narratives explore the experiences of a protagonist belonging to a minority group living in America. On surface, the minority experiences of the protagonists of the two stories seem dissimilar, with the invisible man in Ellison’s
subject to racial segregation and discrimination. Racial tensions between whites and blacks were more prominent due to events such as the Great Depression and the Great Migration which had a huge impact on social ideologies. The social backdrop allows Ellison to incorporate the issues of 1930s American, in order to allow him to employ the significance of personal identity in a society in which individuality is supressed. This is shown through the narrative of the narrator, living that period of time.
Books are still being written today and many more will be written in the future, whether they are being written to entertain, pass messages, persuade, or tell of an event, they all have a specific purpose. There are all kinds of books such as fiction, non-fiction, books written for the young, and books written for the old. Books often can be appropriate for one age group, but be inappropriate to another. Who decides what is suitable? Some parents and students have even gone to the extent of trying