Ironic Differences in Three Short Stories “I never told you, but our life is a war and I have been a traitor all my born days...” (Ellison). Why would a grandfather tell his grandson that he had been a traitor in life? How can you tell whether a war story is true? Should a sister continue to protect her sister after she marries and leaves home? These three questions are addressed in the three short stories called, “Battle Royal,” “Saving Sourdi ,” and “How to Tell a True War Story.” In each of these stories, the young character understands themselves differently at the end of the story because they are no longer the young, naïve person that they were at first. The story of a young black African American boy is affected by what his...The end:
.....d, Nea realizes that she has no magic powers and she is not a magic serpent that can save her sister from life’s difficult path. All three stories have irony in the fact that what they want to accomplish is often the opposite of what happens. In the case of the war stories, the widow never writes back. In the end, the African American boy realizes that he is a traitor like his grandfather. In the end, Nea realizes that she cannot save her sister. The beginnings do not bring the ends that the main characters wanted. Works Cited Chai , May-Lee. “Saving Sourdi .” Ellison, Ralph. “Battle Royal.” O’Brien, Tim. “How to Tell a True War Story.” *All of the stories were provided by student without enough information to do a works cited page.