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King of the Bingo Game

King of the Bingo Game


by Ralph Ellison

Protagonist Timeline and Summary

  • The protagonist waits for the bingo game to begin.
  • He plays the game with five cards.
  • He wins bingo and is invited up to the stage for a chance to win the jackpot.
  • Once on stage, the protagonist is told to press a button connected to a spinning wheel.
  • Once he presses the button, he finds he cannot stop.
  • Eventually, policemen arrive and forcibly remove the button from his hands.
  • The wheel stops at double zero and the protagonist is happy.
  • Unfortunately, the curtain descends on stage and he is stunned by a blow to the head.