Research Paper

The Importance of “Battle Royal” in American Literature

3 pages | 690 words

Ellison's "Battle Royal" is a short story that is widely studied in American literature courses. It first appeared in Ellison's 1952 collection, Invisible Man, and it is often considered to be one of the most important stories in that book. The story is about a black man who is anonymous and lives in the deep south during the Jim Crow era. The story focuses on the idea of racism and how it affects the black man's life.