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Running head: “BATTLE ROYAL” 1 The Theme of Identity in the Short Story “Battle Royal” Name Institution Course Name Instructor Date
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“BATTLE ROYAL” 2 The Theme Of Identity In The Short Story “Battle Royal” Have you ever felt different from the rest of the people in your society? How was the feeling, and how did you manage to live with yourself? The short story "Battle Royal" by Ellison Ralph contains such a theme. The main character felt alone and different and thus did not know his identity. Ellison brings about the subject of identity as the character seeks to find himself and be comfortable in his skin. There will be evidence and an in-depth analysis of how the theme of identity comes about in the story. The lack of identity is prevalent in the short story, and it makes people wonder who they are on the inside. People seem to live by social expectations defined by society rather than their true selves. The main character, for example, confesses later on that he did not know his identity at all. The narrator says. "I was naïve as I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions only which I could answer." The phrase means that the character received his identity from the people around him. The identify crisis took place because of the need to please other people and survive in the community. The narrator says that he felt afraid of being looked at as a traitor. The narrators' father and grandfather also show a lack of identity. It was only on his grandfathers' death bed that he realized that he had been living a lie. He had accepted to live as the society expected of him instead of his true essence. He had received a different identity the white people and culture had given to him as a black man and lived by it. The narrator even says,
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