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  • Toni Morrison - 1,081 words
    ......her perspective is rooted in her experience, and that as we immerse ourselves, as readers, in the milieu of her novels, we need insight into her culture. (Demetrakopoulos, Holloway 150). Toni Morrisons thoughts, beliefs, and morals are the basis for her many works. She writes from various topics but all of them tie back to own personal experience. Her viewpoint and outlook comes from her personal feelings and convictions. Her life growing up as an African American woman is drastically demonstrated through her novels. Morrisons main focuses range from the slavery issue and background of African Americans to Mother Love. Morrison belongs to a feminist tradition, a Black tradition, and a ...
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  • Toni Morrison - 1,011 words
    ... e bridged that Morrison sees between sexes, classes, and races (Angelo 1). Morrison states her remorse about the black and white relations a lot of times because black people have always served as a buffer in America to prevent class war and other kinds of conflagrations (Angelo 1). Such interpersonal and intercultural relationships are an explicit focus in Morrisons work.... (Moreland 7). Morrison addresses the differences between people and how those differences have been exploited. She states that discrepancies among people have been exaggerated for both political and economic purposes. One of the main focuses of Morrisons work is the importance of the African Americans upbringing. Mo ...
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  • Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye And Sula - 1,100 words
    African- American folklore is arguably the basis for most African- American literature. In a country where as late as the 1860's there were laws prohibiting the teaching of slaves, it was necessary for the oral tradition to carry the values the group considered significant. Transition by the word of mouth took the place of pamphlets, poems, and novels. Themes such as the quest for freedom, the nature of evil, and the powerful verses the powerless became the themes of African- American literature. In a book called Fiction and Folklore: the novels of Toni Morrision author Trudier Harris explains that "Early folk beliefs were so powerful a force in the lives of slaves that their masters sought ...
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  • Sula - Toni Morrison's Poetic Language - 1,949 words
    According to Aldous Huxley, the life of any epoch can only be synthesised by poets: Encyclopaedias and guides to knowledge cannot do it, for the good reason that they affect only the intellectual surface of a mans life. The lower layers, the core of his being, they leave untouched.1 I like this, particularly the idea of the intellectual surface - a mere surface, with much beyond it - and combined with Jacobsons aforementioned theory, I take this as my starting point: the idea that poetic language is important, that it is there for more than just prettiness, and that Toni Morrisons use of it in her prose is highly effective. But what exactly is poeticalness? Jan Mukarovsky has much to say on ...
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  • Feudalism And Toni Morrison's Paradise - 1,148 words
    An investigation into life in Ruby, the city at the center of Toni Morrisons Paradise, must start with an understanding of the government or lack thereof internal and external to Ruby. It is not immediately evident why so many of the residents of Ruby seem unable to leave the town and willing to give up their enfranchisement, or why the founders of Ruby react with such violence to the Convent on the outskirts of town. External to Ruby, the surrounding world is an America hostile to black freedom and dangerous to black livelihood. Inside Ruby it is safe, but its citizens have yielded the power of governing Ruby to Deek and Steward Morgan, two founders and the bankers of the town. However, d ...
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  • Feudalism And Toni Morrison's Paradise - 1,168 words
    ... rd have given their history a distinctly fundamental aspect by integrating it into the religious story of the first Christmas. Instead of the traditional scene of Mary and Joseph trying to find a place to sleep, Rubys pageant depicts the future founders of Haven seeking shelter. In this way, Deek and Steward are directly connected with the word of God. In fact, it is more than that Deek and Steward can actually mold the word of God, as the number of families is lowered from nine to seven over time. Pat Best correctly surmises that each of the original families who violate the blood rule by mating with those of a lighter skin are removed from this true history of Ruby (Morrison, 216). De ...
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  • Admiration In "the Bluest Eye" By Toni Morrison - 1,003 words
    Toni Morrisons novel, The Bluest Eye, illustrates the negative effects of white cultural domination on the African American society post-World War I. The Bluest Eye portrays the life of Pecola Breedlove, a poor black girl with an extremely difficult life. Pecola is constantly picked on by her peers, lives in an abusive home, and is constantly being reminded of her ugliness. Pecola lives a life of disappointments and unfulfilled dreams. She eventually loses her sanity and becomes the perfect example, to the reader, of what the entire African American society was put through during her time period. Toni Morrison is able to better exemplify the consequences of white cultural domination through ...
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  • Time In Toni Morrison's "song Of Solomon" - 1,741 words
    The history of Black America is one that has been stolen, lost and largely forgotten over the past two centuries. Through slavery and more recently the Apartheid-like era of Jim Crow laws, black history has been clouded over with oppression and hatred. Toni Morison's Song of Solomon is an attempt to explore the muddled path of history through the confused life of Milkman Dead. Morrison places Milkman in a world full of characters that are looking toward the future and leaves him to ponder his past. Soon, it is apparent that Milkman is flowing against the tide; his future lies not in front of him, but instead in the history of his people. In a world of characters seeking wealth and retributio ...
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  • Toni Morrison - 622 words
    Thus, Morrison uses this name of Paul as the rescuer of Seth. Paul, the Biblical character did not live for himself but for God. He never turned around to look back at the many people he had killed, nor those he caused to suffer. Paul D. wanted to rescue Sethe from the quagmire of her existence. Morrison uses this on purpose in order to provide a symbolism of hope for Seth, in whatever plight she may be in. Paul D. even scares the ghosts off her house. Given the increasingly fragmenting state of biblical studies today it should come as no surprise that some Pauline scholars are not interested in synthesizing their findings with contemporary theology. But those who want their theology to be a ...
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  • Beloved By Toni Morrison - 746 words
    In the article Marginalization of African Americans by Allen Lutins, states that the misery and so-called ghettoization of African Americans would be eliminated through a clear understanding of their historical conditions. Seths plight can only be fully inderstood if it is done within the framework of wherw she is coming from. Moreover, when myths dealing on welfare and the supposed antiquity of black rights in this country and the state are shattered, and when social programs and public education are funded amply and given sufficient time to achieve their goals. The author noted, that those who claim that all Americans have equal opportunities fail to recognize the importance of history. By ...
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  • Beloved - 1,135 words
    Toni Morrison was born in Loraine, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She has accomplished many things from then until now. From writing several books to being a trustee of the National Humanities Center, she finds the time to remain grounded and stable. She has written many books, one namely Beloved which focuses on one womans trials and tribulations. Beloved is about a woman named Sethe, now living in the Reconstruction-era farming country of Ohio. Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery, but is haunted by its heritage. She must deal with this haunted life on every level, from the fires of the flesh to the heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civi ...
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  • Beloved - 1,042 words
    A critical analysis of the main characters and plot from the novel "Beloved" (BY TONI MORRISON). Beloved is a novel set in Ohio during 1873, several years after the Civil War. The book centers on characters who struggle fruitlessly to keep their painful recollections of the past at bay. The whole story revolves around issues of race, gender, family relationships and the supernatural, covering two generations and three decades up to the 19th century. Concentrating on events arising from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1856, it describes the horrendous consequences of an escape from slavery for Sethe, her children and Paul D. The narrative begins 18 years after Sethe's break for freedom, and it grad ...
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  • Beloved And Numerology - 1,767 words
    In literature, numbers are used to communicate important messages to the reader. The author uses references to numbers to strengthen the important ideas of the novel. In many cultures numbers carry an important or significant meaning to them. These numbers can carry a meaning more efficiently than using only words. In Beloved, Toni Morrison uses references to numbers to emphasize the significant ideas of the novel. Morrison uses these numbers to represent the persistence of slavery brought upon in Sethes life, her childrens life, Paul D.s life, and Baby Suggs life, after slavery has ended. These references to numbers are important because they show how these characters are affected after it ...
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  • Sula - 1,483 words
    Many works of contemporary American fiction involve one individual's search for identity in a stifling and unsympathetic world. In "Sula," Toni Morrison gives us two such individuals. In Nel and Sula, Morrison creates two individual female characters that at first are separate, grows together, and then is separated once more. Although never physically reconciled, Nel's self discovery at the end of the novel permits the achievement of an almost impossible quest - the conjunction of two selves. And that is what I think really makes the novel work. I found that it's a great book that gives us a look at these two great characters. Morrison says she created Sula as "a woman who could be used as a ...
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  • Mothers And Daughters - 1,917 words
    Mothers and Daughters, A Lifelong Relationship. The relationship between mothers and daughters affects women strongly at all stages of their lives. Even though not all women become mothers, all are obviously daughters, and daughters have mothers. Even daughters who never become mothers must counter the issues of motherhood, because the possibility and even the probability of motherhood remains. Yet this relationship is so often taken for granted that it is all but ignored, even by mothers and daughters themselves. For any daughter, the relationship with her mother is the first relationship in her life, and may also be the most important she will ever have. David Lynn of the University of Cal ...
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  • None Provided - 993 words
    My browsing was not like any other students'. It was probably a lot easier. I know of people fabricating what they write, but I can not do that. My decision came from a talk with Mr. Piquet; therefore, I am not able to misrepresent what happened during that conversation. I am also not able to stretch on anything because he knows what was discussed that day. About a month ago, I went to Mr. Piquet wanting to get ahead on the author project. I did this knowing how difficult is was for my brother last year, thus I wanted to begin this lengthy project. Initially I sat down at his round wooden table to talk about a recent paper I had written. This conversation went in the direction of the author ...
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  • Marriage - 1,993 words
    Rising Above it or Getting Left Behind In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon many of the characters have very strange and unique names. Song of Solomon is a very unique story about the struggles of a black family in the early 1900's. Many of the names of characters in the book appear in the Bible. In the story three character have their own battles with their own names, Pilate is at peace with her name, Milkman takes many years to rise above it, and Hagar is dragged down by her name. All of the characters' names have a preset image that they are stamped with, some are able to rise above it and make their own name, and some are stuck with someone else's identity. Pilate never le her name get to ...
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  • Beloved A Darkness In 124 - 769 words
    What is the significance of the number 124? Is the number 124 merely a place or can it actually be characterized as something more important in this novel? In my opinion 124 is more significant than a simple address. The number 124 can be characterized as one of the main characters within the novel. This number is not only significant because it is the origin of the haunting character of Beloved, but it is in fact Beloved the character at various points within the novel. Once the spirit of Beloved began haunting the house, the address lost its existence as an anonymous home. Once Sethes love had caused her to murder her child, her home became a new identity. This identity was known for the s ...
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  • None Provided - 1,198 words
    Lucy Wainwright Roche September 2000 Contemporary American Fiction In Cold Blood Beloved These days when a reader settles in to read a book, it is hard to know what to expect. In the past, there may have been a more rigid idea about what makes a novel or a story, now, there are many ways in which a modern writer can choose to portray a happening or a feeling. This development in fiction writing creates an exciting concept. It turns reading into a wonderfully intriguing activity where nothing can be completely assumed. As a result of this, there is an air of mystery to reading contemporary fiction. Add to this elusive mix, a book which is presented as a mystery, or, a novel which has a plot t ...
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  • Why Sethes Children Arent Hers - 673 words
    "It is the ultimate gesture of a loving mother. It is the outrageous claim of a slave". These are the words that Toni Morrison used to describe the actions of the central character within the novel, Beloved. That character, Sethe, is presented as a former slave woman who chooses to kill her baby girl rather than allowing her to be exposed to the physically, emotionally, and spiritually oppressive horrors of a life spent in slavery. Sethe's action is indisputable: She has killed her child. Sethe's motivation is not so clearly defined. By killing her "Beloved" child, has Sethe acted out of true love or selfish pride? The fact that Sethe's act is irrational can easily be decided upon. Does Seth ...
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