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King of the Bingo Game

King of the Bingo Game

by Ralph Ellison

The Woman Tied to the Bed

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Scholars have suggested that this woman (from the movie, remember?) metaphorically represents the protagonist and Laura. As the woman is tied to the "white beam," so the protagonist and Laura are similarly tied to socioeconomic forces beyond their control. Remember, "Everything is fixed."

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