compare and contrast `battle Royal` by Ralph ellison and `Big Black Good Man` by richard wright

Name Name of Professor /Instructor Subject /Course Title 8 March 2008 `Battle Royal ‘ by Ralph Ellison and `Big Black Good Man ‘ by Richard Wright As we move towards a society of equality and acceptance of our differences , we look back at one of the most controversial issues in history , which even now , is still in existence . This is about racial discrimination or racism , race , ethnicity , and color define one ‘s social position . Even now , it is evident that some people tend to discriminate others because of their color or origin . The most common case of racism is directed to the `blacks , people with African origin . We know that these people were traded as slaves and were forced to work by the white western people way back in the 17th and 18th centuries . But when the call for equality surfaced , these people were slowly accepted in the `white ‘ world . However , there were still cases of racism which remain in various levels of the society . These are evident in Ralph Ellison ‘s `Battle Royal ‘ and Richard Wright ‘s `Big Black Good Man . Battle Royal is about an unnamed young African American who is struggling to have a place in early twentieth century society . The story took place in the American South , where there is a large population of African Americans ADDIN EN .CITE Murphy2Diane MurphyRalph Ellison apos s Use of Imagery in “Battle Royal “2008March 82007http /www .associatedcontent .com /article /147149 /ralph_ellisons_use_of_imagery _in_battle .html (Murphy . On the other hand , Big Black Good Man is a story focusing on two men , the young black man Jim , and the old white man Olaf . Set in the far ends of Europe , this story is about the differences between the two men , not only in color , but also in their maleness and their goodness ADDIN EN .CITE Norvell2Candyce NorvellCritical Essay of “Big Black Good Man “2008March 82005http /www .answers .com /topic /big-black-good-man-story-7 (Norvell . Looking closely at the two stories , we could see that there are several similarities and differences between them . Aside from the fact that they are both stories depicting racism or racial discrimination of black people , they also tackle matters concerning the society and the people living around them ,and the lives that they ‘re living . In Battle Royal , discrimination is shown when the black males were forced to fight in a battle royal , an all-out boxing match which was set-up by white men . These are not just ordinary white men they ‘re the ones who hold high positions in the society , so it is surprising to see that they get happiness from seeing these black people fight each other .The young black protagonist was invited to speak amongst these people only to find out that he ‘s pitted against other black males to fight in a battle royal . There were many instances of discrimination in this story , including the time when they were all standing around a white naked female , dancing and seducing them . During those times , it is taboo to look at…

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