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Sayegh 1Jean Paul SayeghStudies in Short StoryFriday, October 18 2019A Party Down and the SquareThis short story by Ralph Ellison explores the role of violence at the Deep South lynching through the narrator who is a white boy from Cincinnati, Ohio. As you read through thestory, the narrator vastly explains how he is disgusted physically by the events he witnesses. Thispropels he prospect of bystander effect where the larger the crowd, the lesser likely one individual is likely to foster aid for someone. Therefore, the young boy is left witnessing the various forms of violence that are enacted at the town square where a black man is physically burned, as well as, electrocution and death of a white woman. Desensitization of violence is an aspect that Ellison wants to bring to the attention of his readers and the various implications that are likely to emerge. Although the narrator gets physically ill following the events down at the square, the

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