King of the Bingo Game
King of the Bingo Game
by Ralph Ellison
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Light and Darkness

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

In "King of the Bingo Game," the glaring light of the stage constitutes a space where the protagonist is able to experience revelation. In other words, his literal shift from sitting in the darkness to standing in the light corresponds to his mental shift from entrapment to transcendence, and from ignorance to knowledge.

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