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Invisible Man Ch. 1 (Battle Royal
Transcript of Invisible Man Ch. 1 (Battle Royal
Table of Contents
1. Table of Contents
3. Ralph Ellison's Bio
4. Ellison's Famous Work
5. Ellison's Style of Writing
6. Ellison's Themes
7. Summary of Invisible Man
12. Videos/ Pictures
13. Discussion Question
14. Work Cited
Invisible Man won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953.
It addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans early in the twentieth century.
recognized as one of the finest achievements in modern American fiction as well as one of the most complete statements of the African-American experience.
It contains 24 chapters and Epilogue
An ambitious but naive black youth journeys through American society in search of his identity.
Background on Invisible Man
Blond Lady (1256)
Battle Royal (1255)
Boxing Glove (1255)
The Boys: his classmates (1255)
Grandfather's curse (1254,1264)
Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Shorter Seventh ed. Vol. 2.
New York: W.W. Norton, 2008. Print
Brucker, Carl. "Ralph Ellison." Ralph Ellison. ATU English Department, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.
"Postmodernism." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014
"Ralph Ellison Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2014.
"Ralph Ellison: An American Story" post by Ken Schneider YouTube. 19 Feb.2014
The first chapter of Invisible Man has 6 key episodes.
1:the grandfathers death bed.
2: the narrators arrival at the hotel.
3: the naked blondes dance.
4: the battle royal.
5: the narrator's speech
6: the narrators dream
1. The Narrator- Unnamed black man who is trying to live his life to the white mans standards.
2.Grandfather- A former slave who put down his
3.Blond- The naked dancer who dance from afar from the boys s a symbol of what they cant have.
Ralph Ellison Bio
Name: Ralph Waldo Ellison
Born: March 1, 1914
Place: Oklahoma City
Parents: Lewis and Ida Ellison
He studied music before moving to New York to become a writer.
He published Invisible Man, his best selling novel in 1952.
He got his education at Tuskegee University.
He died on April 16, 1994 in New York.
the search for identity, a search that he sees as central to American literature and the American experience.
the communal effort of African-Americans to define their cultural identity
"the struggle toward self-definition is applied to individuals, groups, and the society as a whole" (Brucker).
Is a late 20th century movement that is characterized by broad skepticism, subjectivism, or relativism.
It is also a general suspicion of reason.
"reality is not simply mirrored in human understanding of it, but rather, is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own particular and personal reality" (PBS)
Style of Writing
Shadow and Act (1964)
Invisible Man (1952)
Living With Music
Flying Home and Other Stories
Three Days Before Shooting
Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph E. & Albert Murray
Going to the Territory (1986)
Ellison never sticks to one style of writing.
The tone in his stories range from sarcastic to distraught.
His sentences vary from extremely complex to simple.
He describes the literal things in great detail but also uses well crafted metaphors and symbols and themes.
"innocence and human error, a struggle through illusion to reality" (Brucker).
"the individual's need to free himself from the powerful influence of societal stereotypes"(Brucker).
Man V. Himself (1254)
Man V. Man 1259
Man v. Society (1255)(1262)
Man V. Man
...but our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days, (1254)
Traitor to his own kind because to the white folks he was "..considered an example of desirable conduct."
.Jealousy towards the attention he was getting.
Man V. Society
"...a spy in the enemy's country ever since I give up my gun back in the Reconstruction".(
"Live with your head in the lions mouth. I want you to overcome 'em with yeses, undermine 'em with grins,agree em to death and destruction".(
What is the message behind the Grandfather's curse?
Why do you think the narrator wants to deliver his speech despite what occured on the ring?
What do the Battle Royal represents?
It became a constant puzzle which lay answered in the back of my mind. And whenever things went well for me i remembered my grandfather and felt guilty.(
He follows his grandfathers wishes but he tries sometimes to fight against it.
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Man V. Supernatural
5.M.C- The ring master of the event.
6.Talock- One of the boys that the narrator fights
7. Rich White Men- The high class within their community who gets the kick out of watching black boys fight.