The Act Of Discrimination By Ralph Ellison And Lorraine Hansberry

1214 Words Dec 14th, 2016 5 Pages
The act of discrimination against humans of different race, ethnicity, age, or gender will always continue to be wrong and unjust. Discrimination itself is defined as: “the prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex” (Merriam-Webster). Many people believe that discrimination and racism are things of the past, however, they are still very prevalent in today’s society. Every day, more and more people are being discriminated against and not enough individuals are taking action to put a stop to the wrongdoing. One of the most common forms of discrimination and racism today may not be what is expected. This form involves African-Americans and women. This socio-political phenomenon is happening all over the world and is also depicted in many books, short-stories, poems, and dramas. Two written works that connect to this theme of discrimination are “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison and “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. Throughout this essay, the general discussion of these two works connected to discrimination and racism will employ imagery, figurative language, and symbolism to demonstrate the negative effects that discrimination has on humans of differents races and genders. To begin, the themes of discrimination and racism are very apparent in Ralph Ellison’s short story, “Battle Royal.” In the short story, the narrator is blindfolded and shoved into a boxing ring to fight as the…

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