This library solution addresses 2 main inquiries relating to Ralph Ellison's 'Battle Royale.' The text in question is attached.
1. What does the narrator's grandfather mean by his statement: "Our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days, a spy in the enemy's country ever since I give up my gun back in the Reconstruction."?
2. Why does Ellison makes numerous references to the circus? List some of those references and speculate as to why he continually returned to this metaphor.
The solution provides an analysis of this piece of writing, answering the two questions and providing insight into Ellison's thoughts while he was writing.