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Religion in "Beloved" - Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, explores the physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering that was brought on by slavery. Several critical works recognize that Morrison incorporates aspects of traditional African religions and to Christianity to depict the anguish slavery placed not only on her characters, but other enslaved African Americans. This review of literature will explore three different scholarly articles that exemplifies how Morrison successfully uses African religions and Christianity to depict the story of how slavery affected the characters’ lives in the novel, even after their emancipation from slavery....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 829 words
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On the Backs of Blacks and Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket - On the Backs of Blacks and Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket        In both Toni Morrison's "On the backs of blacks" and bell hooks' "Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket" the authors attempt to analyze the role and treatment of blacks in motion pictures. Morrison's essay deals with what she calls "race talk", and defines as "the explicit insertion into everyday life of racial signs and symbols that have no meaning other than pressing African Americans to the lowest level racial hierarchy" (Morrison, 1993)....   [tags: Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket Essays]
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Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye reveals the trauma of an eleven-year-old African-American girl named Pecola Breedlove. This story takes place in the town of Lorain, Ohio during the 1940’s. It is told from the perspective of a young girl named Claudia MacTeer. She and her sister, Frieda, become witness to the terrible path that Pecola is forced to endure because she is not considered beautiful by society. Pecola chooses to hide from life behind her clouded dream of having the bluest of eyes so that those around her will view her as beautiful as the light skinned, blond haired, blue eyed girls that got so much favoritism....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Race in "The Bluest Eye" - Throughout The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison includes a number of background stories for minor characters along with the main plotline in order to add dimension to the novel and further convey the intense racial prejudice felt by almost all African Americans. Her main story tells of the outrageous landslide of wounding events that Pecola Breedlove experiences, a young black girl constantly patronized by her peers, and the things that eventually make her go crazy. The struggle for a deep black skinned person can be significantly different from what a lighter skinned black person feels, and Toni Morrison adds secondary story lines to stress that difference, and the extremes that racism can force people into....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 721 words
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The Bluest Eye - Do Blondes Really Have More Fun? - The Bluest Eye - Do Blondes Really Have More Fun. America, the land of the free and the brave, a country where if you work hard enough you can have whatever you wish. All Pecola Breedlove wanted was to have blue eyes. Today, that dream would be easily fulfilled, but in 1941, it was unattainable. She bought into the belief that to have blond hair and blue eyes was the only way to obtain beauty. It is a belief that has dominated American culture since the nineteenth century. We must look a certain way, have a specific occupation, or live in a particular neighborhood if we are to fit into society....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 483 words
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Maureen Peal & Imitation of life - Imitation of Life & Maureen Peal Imitation of Life is about Peola Johnson, light skined black girl who tries to go through life as a white person. To achieve this she ostracises her family. She breaks all ties with her black mother and her culture and tries to fit into this community in which she really has no place. "It's because of you, you made me black. I won't be black!" The problems Maureen Peal and Peola Johnsson share are as serious as the ones the young blck girls have in the bluest yes....   [tags: essays research papers] 430 words
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Sorrowful Black Death is Not a Hot Ticket and Seduction and Betrayal - Sorrowful Black Death is Not a Hot Ticket and Seduction and Betrayal   Toni Morrison and bell hooks share the same views on how white America envisions blacks.  In bell hooks' essays " Seduction and Betrayal" and " Sorrowful Black Death is Not a Hot Ticket" she focuses in on the portrayal of African Americans on the big screen.  In "Seduction and Betrayal"  hooks uses  Spike Lee's Crooklyn to demonstrate how invaluable the life of a black person is.  In " Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket" she claims the Bodyguard and The Crying Game illustrate the notion that blacks, especially black females, are inferior to whites....   [tags: Sorrowful Black Death Is Not a Hot Ticket Essays]
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Comparing the Female Characters in The Necklace and Recitatif - The Use of Female Characters in The Necklace and Recitatif      In Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" and Toni Morrison's "Recitatif," materialism and the desire to be envied are vital ingredients in the themes of the stories. Both authors enhance their themes through the manipulation of plot and the use of women as their central characters. Maupassant and Morrison prove the notion that women are effective characters in depicting themes that deal with the social issue of craving material wealth....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Free Song of Solomon Essays: Father and Son Relationship - The Father and Son Relationship in Song of Solomon The book called Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison, deals with many real life issues, most of which are illustrated by the relationships between different family members. One archetypal relationship that Morrison includes in her book is the father:son relationship. Although it is obvious that Morrison does talk about this topic, it is not so obvious what she is trying to say about it. So, one might ask, how does the author establish the father:son relationships throughout Song of Solomon and do they fit some sort of archetype....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 841 words
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Violence and the Effects - ... Then she sees what is really happening and takes care of Pecola. This act of violence was a reaction to the girls supposedly misbehaving. It was her way of showing them not to act a certain way. We also get to know the story of Cholly. The author defines this character as a cruel evil man who is very violent, within this description; the author introduces us to his life in order to understand what made him like this. He became an abusive alcoholic who beats his wife as a violent his of self-consciousness....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Essay on the Myths of the African American Woman - Defying the Myths of the African American Woman - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, and Push        Throughout slavery, myths were created about African American women. These myths of yesterday have tainted the image of the African American woman today. These myths include two major ideas, the first being that all African American women are perceived as more promiscuous than the average white woman. The second myth is that black women are virtually useless, containing only the capabilities of working in white homes and raising white children....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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Beloved and Numerology - Beloved and Numerology 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 Sethe’s life, her children’s life, Paul D.’s life, and Baby Suggs life, after slavery has ended....   [tags: essays papers] 1804 words
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Waterland's ending vs. Song of Solomon's ending - `All's well that ends well.' Two completely different authors with two somewhat different styles of writing create two endings, which leave the audience guessing, making assumptions, but assuming that indeed, all is as well as it can possibly be, finally. Graham Swift creates a vivid description of many generations in a bleak, desolate location known as the fens in his novel Waterland. His character of Dick Crick plays an enormous role throughout the novel, but Swift ends his novel with Dick drunkenly diving overboard into the water so vital to the rest of the novel....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 911 words
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The African American's Struggle Throughout History's Influence on "Beloved" - The cast. Slavery in the civil war and the African American struggle throughout history influences Beloved’s author throughout her works. Born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931, Chloe Anthony Wofford became one of the most influential and inspiring authors of the century. The second child of four, Chloe was extremely independent and eventually changed her name to Toni. After leaving home, she attended Howard University and Cornell University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree, respectively....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1871 words
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Song of Solomon - ... Milkman’s sisters hate him, he is scared of his mother, and he works for his father. Milkman does not have a life of his own and cannot say that he is independent. Milkman is about to leave his family behind when Macon Jr. informs him of a green bag in Pilate’s home that is full of gold. Milkman and his best friend Guitar Bains go to Pilate’s house to steal the gold so he and his father can become wealthy. Guitar can be described as an extremist and is part of the Seven Days organization. When an African American in the community is murdered, members of the Seven Days retaliate by putting a white person to death the same way the African American was murdered....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Essay on Literacy in Song of Solomon - Literacy in Song of Solomon   Through literacy will come emancipation. But emancipation comes in many forms, as does literacy. The various aspects of academic literacy are rather obvious in relation to emancipation, especially when one is confronted with exclusion from membership in the dominant culture. Most, but not all, of Toni Morrison's characters in Song of Solomon appear to have attained at least a modicum of literacy. But what part does literacy play in the advancement of the individual, and to what lengths will one go to achieve it....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 918 words
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Search for Freedom in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, and Push - Search for Freedom in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Song of Solomon, and Push     Many minority authors write about an individual's search for self which culminates in the realization of personal freedom. This has been an important theme in African-American literature beginning with the slave narratives to modern poetry and prose. The concept of freedom has a myriad of meanings which encompasses national political liberty to an individual's own personal freedom. Personal freedom is the ability to ignore societal and familial influences to find the true sense of self....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Beloved-water Motif - Beloved In her novel Beloved, Toni Morrison writes about the life of former slaves of Sweet Home. Sethe, one of the main characters, was once a slave to a man and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Garner. After Garner&#8217;s sudden death, schoolteacher comes to Sweet Home and takes control of the slaves. His treatment of all the slaves forced them to run away. Fearing that her children would be sold, Sethe sent her two boys and her baby girl ahead to her mother-in-law. On the way to freedom, a white girl named Amy Denver helped Sethe deliver her daughter, who she later names Denver....   [tags: essays research papers] 1442 words
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The Effect of Standard of Beauty toward Pecola in The Bluest Eye - “The Bluest Eye” is taking place around 1940 in Lorain, Ohio. During the year of 1940, discrimination, especially toward African Americans, was still a serious problem. People believe that whiteness is the standard of beauty. The main character, Pecola, who was a nine-years-old African-American, was influenced by how people view beauty. Pecola suffered and felt that she is inferior to others. Pecola believed that having a pair of blue eyes would made people think she is pretty, and would be the key resolving all the problems....   [tags: The Bluest Eye]
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A Comparison of Love in Beloved and Secrets and Lies - The Absence of Love in Beloved and Secrets and Lies   Love is arguably the most powerful emotion possessed by mankind; it is the impalpable bond that allows individuals to connect and understand one another. Pure love is directly related to divinity.  Without love, happiness and prosperity become unreachable goals.  An individual that possesses all the desired superficial objects in the world stands alone without the presence of love. For centuries love has been marveled by all that dare encounter it.  Countless books and poems have been transcribed to explain the phenomenon of love, but love surpasses all intellectual explanations and discussions.   Love is not a definition, but rather a thought, an idea.  This idea, the idea of love, burns inside us all.  Instinctually, every soul on Earth is addicted to love.  An addiction, that unless satisfied will contribute to the downfall of an individual in a society.  If one does not, or is not loved, one can not prosper among a society where love is an essential ingredient to joy and happiness....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 2599 words
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Free Bluest Eye Essays - Cholly as the Father that Was Not There - Cholly as the Father that Was Not There in The Bluest Eye "Father of mine, tell me where have you been. You know I just closed my eyes, and my whole world disappeared." These are words sung by the singer Art Alexakis of the band Everclear. Alexakis grows up and experiences life without a father to guide him. Although Alexakis becomes a successful musician, he lives his life with a void left by his father. Toni Morrison presents an extreme view of life without a father in The Bluest Eye....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 928 words
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Sexual Content in the Bluest Eye - The novel The Bluest Eye written by Toni Morrison is subjected on a young girl, Pecola Breedlove and her experiences growing up in a poor black family. The life depicted is one of poverty, ridicule, and dissatisfaction of self. Pecola feels ugly because of her social status as a poor young black girl and longs to have blue eyes, the pinnacle of beauty and worth. Throughout the book, Morrison touches on controversial subjects, such as the depicting of Pecola's father raping her, Mrs. Breedlove's sexual feelings toward her husband, and Pecola's menstruation....   [tags: Book Reviews] 759 words
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The Making of a Man: Dialogic Meaning in Beloved - Ms. Sitter uses a Bakhtinian evaluation of the novel Beloved to establish the meaning of manhood. Within this novel Toni Morrison uses dialogue between the stories of Sethe and Paul D to set up differing definitions of a man. Within each of the dialogues Morrison uses the same objects, particularly the presence of a tree, to mean radically different things. She also uses the interactions between the stories to establish her images and definitions within different cultural contexts (the culture of white America vs....   [tags: American Literature] 852 words
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Racism in The Bluest Eye - Racism in The Bluest Eye "There is really nothing more to say--except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how." When bad things happen to us, the first thing we ask ourselves is "why". Most of the time however, the answer to "why" is not readily available to us, and sometimes there is not an answer at all. Racism has been a concept which has existed from the beginning of human civilization. For some reason, the "whites" believed they were superior to everyone who was not white for a very long time....   [tags: Papers] 696 words
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Essay on the Double Minority in Song of Solomon - The Double Minority in Song of Solomon   Typically minority groups are thought of in the context of race; however, a minority group can also consist of gender and class. The struggles facing a minority group complicate further when these different facets of minority categories are combined into what is sometimes called a double minority.  Throughout their writing, African American women have exposed how being a double minority changes the conditions of being a minority. In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, the African American female characters demonstrate the impact of having a double minority status....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 829 words
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Feminism and Magical Realism Across Cultures - Feminism and Magical Realism Across Cultures as Expressed in Laura Esquivel's Like Water For Chocolate, Isabel Allende's The House of Spirits, Simone Schwarz-Bart's The Bridge of Beyond, and Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. Magical Realism evolved only in the last century. Franz Roh was the first to use the term to describe paintings and the new style that had come about after the expressionistic era (7, p.15), however it was Alejo Carpentier who used it to describe Latin America's fanatastical writing styles (3, p.373)....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Song of Solomon Essay: Devotion and Protection - Devotion and Protection in Song of Solomon Song of Solomon is a novel written by Toni Morrison. As research is done further, into the bible, the title refers to a book from the Old Testament. A major theme of the book in the bible is love. It is about honor and loyalty. This is similar to the theme of love and protection in the book by Toni Morrison. Three female characters that portray this best are: Pilate, Ruth, and Magdalene called Lena. In the book, they are women that try to protect the people they love from men in their family....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 599 words
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Song of Solomon Essay: Theme of Maturing - Theme of Maturing in Song of Solomon   While Song of Solomon is generally seen as a myth of the male maturation, it also contains the subtext of Pilate's rite de passage and the ritual of cultural immersion. In her history is the process by which she acquires the values that will sustain Milkman and by extension, the black community. Pilate's initiation occurs much earlier than Milkman's. Having been raised in relative isolation in the edenic Lincoln's Heaven, Pilate is abruptly and cruelly cast out as an orphan into the greater reality....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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Slavery in Huckleberry Finn and Beloved - Huckleberry Finn and Beloved – Slavery Slavery is a very significant theme that has been frequently debated ever since the book Huckleberry Finn presented itself into many schools. Fortunately, Deerfield High School has the pleasure to read this book that has been banned in so many other learning facilities. Mark Twain himself was strongly against slavery; Huckleberry Finn can in many ways be seen as a symbol for why slavery is wrong. In another book we have read this past semester, Beloved, we have learned the true, harsh reality of slavery and the people that came victim to it....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 668 words
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Essay on African-American American Nightmare in Song of Solomon - American Dream or African-American American Nightmare     The Declaration of Independence was written so Americans could achieve this dream, but the African slave was never intended to be a part of this American Dream. To the African-American, there were and still are many restrictions that go along with the American Dream.   In Toni Morrison's novel, Song of Solomon, Macon Dead craved for the American Dream. He was in denial and believed that he could be just as successful as the white man....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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Community and Survival in Sula - Community and Survival in Sula Sula by Toni Morrison is a very complex novel with many underlying themes. Some of the themes that exist are good and evil, friendship and love, survival and community, and death. In Marie Nigro's article, "In Search of Self: Frustration and Denial in Toni Morrison's Sula" Nigro deals with the themes of survival and community. According to Nigro, "Sula celebrates many lives: It is the story of the friendship of two African-American women; it is the story of growing up black and female; but most of all, it is the story of a community" (1)....   [tags: Sula Essays] 1105 words
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Bluest eye - Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye, presents the lives of several impoverished black families in the 1940’s in a rather unconventional and painful manner. Ms. Morrison leads the reader through the lives of select children and adults, describing a few powerful incidents, thoughts and experiences that lend insight into the motivation and. behavior of these characters. In a somewhat unconventional manner, the young lives of Pauline Williams Breedlove and Charles (Cholly) Breedlove are presented to the reader....   [tags: essays research papers] 1087 words
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See Father He is Big and Strong - Seefatherheisbigandstrong Has anyone ever deliberately left you. Left you alone, feeling deserted, isolated, and by yourself. Imagine you were abandoned by those who were supposed to love you from the day you were born until this present day. How would that make you feel. In Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye, she examines the causes, effects, and consequences of abandonment through one character, Cholly Breedlove. As well as the ways he eventually destroys himself and also those around him....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Essay on Personal Identity in The Bluest Eye - Quest for Personal Identity in The Bluest Eye          A main theme in Toni Morrison’s  The Bluest Eye is the quest for individual identity and the influences of the family and community in  that quest.  This theme is present throughout the novel and evident in many of  the characters.  Pecola Breedlove, Cholly Breedlove, and Pauline Breedlove and are all embodiments of this quest for identity, as well as symbols of the quest of many of the many Black people that were moving to the north in search of greater opportunities.              The Breedlove family is a group of people under the same roof, a family by name only.  Cholly (the father) is a constantly drunk and abusive man....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays]
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freebel Comparison of Freedom and Self-Acceptance in Beloved, Secrets and Lies, and Cuckoo's Nest - Freedom and Self-Acceptance in Beloved, Secrets and Lies, and Cuckoo's Nest   What is freedom. If you ask different people, you get different answers. Some say its being able to do whatever you want. Other people say it's when you don't have to do anything. Many things in life have no absolute answer. When people talk about freedom, they talk about it physically, for example not having to be in chains, or confined in a cell. But I think it is more common to find someone mentally enslaved, than physically enslaved....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Supernatural Occurrences in "Beloved" and "The Painted Drum" - Magic has been a subject of intrigue for centuries. Human beings are fascinated with the unknown and unexplainable. In Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Louise Erdich’s The Painted Drum, many different supernatural elements are at work. In Beloved, a toddler ghost is reincarnated as a young woman who wrecks havoc on her family’s financial, emotional, and physical well being; at the center of Erdich’s novel is a Objiwe drum and the strange power it has over a Native American community. There are similarities and differences in the utilization of this literary technique, but in both cases the authors employ unexplainable occurrences to develop characters and communities....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Beauty and The Bluest Eye - Beauty and The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye contributes to the study of the American novel by bringing to light an unflattering side of American history. The story of a young black girl named Pecola, growing up in Lorain, Ohio in 1941 clearly illustrates the fact that the "American Dream" was not available to everyone. The world that Pecola inhabits adores blonde haired blue eyed girls and boys. Black children are invisible in this world, not special, less than nothing....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 416 words
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Essay on Personal Freedom Song of Solomon - Search for Personal Freedom Song of Solomon       Personal freedom is the ability to ignore societal and familial influences to find the true sense of self. Individuals are truly liberated when they are physically, mentally, and spiritually free. The search for personal freedom is exemplified in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. The main protagonist, Milkman achieves personal freedom through attainment of knowledge, by confronting his family, and by overcoming the prejudices of society.   Knowledge is a primary factor in the attainment of personal freedom....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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Existentialism, Beloved, and The Bluest Eye - Existentialism, Beloved, and The Bluest Eye                        Toni Morrison has written several novels, many of which show the influence of existentialist thinking; however, Beloved and The Bluest Eye both strongly illustrate all of the major existential themes. Beloved is a novel about a woman, Sethe, who escapes from slavery with her children. She is haunted both physically and psychologically by her experience, as evidenced by the scars she carries on her back from a severe beating, and the scars she carries in her mind from the horrible treatment she suffered....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Free Bluest Eye Essays - Learning to Hate - The Bluest Eye - Learning to Hate Many American's today are not satisfied with their physical appearance. They do not feel that they are as beautiful as the women on television or in magazines. The media is brainwashing American females that if they are not slim and have blonde hair and blue eyes, they are not beautiful. This causes women not only to hate the ideal females, but also hate themselves. In Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye two of her main characters, Claudia and Pecola show hatred toward others, and themselves because they are not as beautiful as the supreme females....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 1051 words
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Writing and Architecture - Writing and Architecture A story is not a story until it is told. The way that this is done gives it depth, meaning, and tone. A house is not a house until it is built. The way that this is done gives it character, purpose, and life. Writing and architecture are very similar in that the idea of the piece is expressed through the choices that are made. It is up to the author or designer to determine how the idea will be interpreted and what method will be used to communicate the idea. Choosing the means that will express the idea is a critical decision that will affect the outcome in dramatic ways....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1752 words
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Sethe's Children - Motherhood is an integral theme in the work of Toni Morrison. She uses the experiences and perspectives of black women to develop a view of black motherhood, that is, in terms of both maternal identity and role, very different from how motherhood is practised in the dominant culture. Whilst the African view of motherhood claims that all mothers are a symbol of creativity on Earth, American slavery forced many black women to repress their natural instinct to nurture their offspring....   [tags: American Literature] 668 words
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Mother and Daughter Relationships Exposed in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club - Relationships Between Mothers and Daughters Exposed in The Joy Luck Club         Amy Tan's novel, The Joy Luck Club is one that is truly amazing and a joy to read. There are a number of issues at work in the novel, the most obvious one is the exploration of relationships between mothers and daughters. Unfortunately, for these four sets of mothers and daughters, there is not only a generational gap between them, but a cultural one as well. Tan reveals these rifts, and their love for one another, in much the same way William Faulkner or Toni Morrison let us glimpse their characters lives instead of telling us their stories....   [tags: Joy Luck Club Essays]
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Free Song of Solomon Essays: Emmett Till - Emmett Till and Song of Solomon Emmett Till was only fourteen in the 1950s when he was brutally murdered in a Mississippi town. Two men were accused of the murder. Many of the racial issues that went on in the Till murder and the court case also were portrayed in Toni Morrison's novel, Song of Solomon. Emmett Till's life was somewhat the same as a typical African American with all the prejudice he had to face. At the time newspapers, both black and white owned, had different ways of looking at the murder, and such differences in views form a structure for Morrison to use Till's life to portray Macon Dead's life in a racist society....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 853 words
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Essay on Literacy in African-American Literature - Levels of Literacy in African-American Literature - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Song of Solomon, and Push       Through literacy will come emancipation. So runs a theme throughout the various selections we have read thus far. But emancipation comes in many forms, as does literacy. The various aspects of academic literacy are rather obvious in relation to emancipation, especially when one is confronted with exclusion from membership in the dominant culture. In the various slave narratives we have examined, all but one writer, Mary Prince, managed to achieve academic literacy to varying degrees (although, Mary Prince was in the process of learning to read and write)....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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The University Should Focus More Upon Classic Works of Literature - The University Should Focus More Upon Classic Works of Literature When I declared English as my major, I was both nervous and eager to begin the program. I thought I would finally be able to read all the books I had wanted to read throughout high school. I was prepared to embark on an exciting yet difficult journey, reading great works of literature by authors such as Dickens and Austen. Unfortunately, while at my university, I have not read as many classic works of literature as I expected. Instead, most of my assigned reading has been from works by modern writers from various ethnic and minority groups....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 938 words
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An Essay on Unprettisms - An Essay on Unprettisms “Thrown, in this way, into the binding conviction that only a miracle could relieve her, she would never know her beauty. She would see only what there was to see: the eyes of other people.” (Morrison p.46) The novel, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, is a testament to the individuals who have suffered the generational effects of unprettisms. The Breedlove’s are the main characters of the novel; a family, which has been nurtured with servings of unprettisms throughout their individual and collective lives....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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papers on biography - Papers On Biographies Page 1 of 37 Douglas MacArthur and The Second World War [ send me this paper ] An 8 page overview and discussion of General MacArthur's military career- - particularly his role in World War II. For the most part, MacArthur is described as a hero for his strategic involvement in numerous maneuvers including the all-important decision to explode the worlds' first atomic weapons over Japan. Bibliography lists 7 sources. Filename: Macarthu.wps Auden's Life & Works [ send me this paper ] 10 pages in length....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Analysis of Beloved - Analysis of Beloved Beloved is actually a quintessentially American story. Its topic slavery however may not seem to be a traditional one in American literature. The novel written by Toni Morrison is an American survivor’s tale, which depicts the collective experience of slavery defined by the identity of the black community in America for years. The topic of slavery continues to be a vital part of the American consciousness today,in addition, slavery as an institution was a part of American culture as a whole until the Civil War, and its repercussions on race relations are still being felt today....   [tags: essays papers] 751 words
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A Comparison of Beloved and Don Quixote - Similarities between Beloved and Don Quixote On reading Beloved by Toni Morrison and Don Quixote by Kathy Acker, there seem to be quite a few similarities in themes and characters contained in these texts, the most prevalent of which seems to be of love and language as a path to freedom. We see in Acker’s Don Quixote the abortion she must have before she embarks on a quest for true freedom, which is to love. Similarly, in Morrison’s Beloved, there is a kind abortion, the killing of Beloved by Sethe, which results in and from the freedom that real love provides....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Literacy in Song of Solomon, Life of Frederick Douglass, Push and Slave Narratives - Exploration of Language and Literacy in Song of Solomon, Life of Frederick Douglass, Push and Slave Narratives        African-Americans have been contributing to American literature for hundreds of years. From Gustavus Vassa, or Olaudah Equiano, in 1789 to Sapphire in 1996, writers have been telling their stories. The influence of minority writers and speakers on literature, literacy, and language is certainly notable.   First of all, black American literature helps "others" hear the minority voice and vicariously share the minority experience....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Essay on Individual Verses Society in Song of Solomon - The Individual Verses Society in Song of Solomon   Toni Morrision's novel "Song of Solomon" contrasts the image of a self-made individual with that of an individual who is the product of his or her society. Since society changes, the man who simply reflects his social environment changes accordingly. But “the true individual's self-discovery depends on achieving consciousness of one's own nature and identity”(Middleton 81). This is what differentiates Pilate and Milkman from Macon and Guitar.  There are direct similarities between Milkman's and Pilate's self-discovery....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 1100 words
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Whitewashing of African American Culture Exposed in Song of Solomon - Whitewashing of African American Culture Exposed in Song of Solomon        White culture would rather keep the African American culture at a distance and shape it into what the white culture believes it should be rather than accept the enrichment offered by the African American culture. This may be because of the white culture's fear of anything and anyone obviously different in appearance. However, it is not enough for the dominant culture to separate itself from the African American culture, it has to shape and mold that culture into the stereotype projected upon the minority culture....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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Essay on Flight in Song of Solomon - The Importance of Flight in Song of Solomon     Flight is a major theme in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon. “Flight echoes throughout the story as a reward, as a hoped-for skill, as an escape, and as proof of intrinsic worth; however, by the end this is not so clear a proposition”(Lubiano 96). Song of Solomon ends with ‘flight’ but in such a way that the act allows for multiple interpretations: suicide; "real" flight and then a wheeling attack on his "brother"; or "real" flight and then some kind of encounter with the (possibly) killing arms of his brother....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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Comparing Beloved and Night - Comparing Beloved and Night     The two novels I am writing about are "Night" by Elie Wiesel and "Beloved," by Toni Morrison.  Beloved tells about slavery and an ex-slave mother's struggle with a past which is projected as the haunting of her people.  It tells the story of Sethe, a mother compelled to kill her child, rather than let the child live a life of slavery.  Toni Morrison uses ghosts and the supernatural to create an enhanced acceptance of the human condition and the struggled survival of the Black American.            The novel is set in Ohio in the 1880's.  The Civil War had been won, slavery had been abolished, however, the memories of slavery still remain.  Although the story itself is fictional, the novel is based on  real events.   The events are based on the trial in Cincinnati of Margaret Garner, who with her husband, and seventeen other slaves (Kentuckian) crossed the Ohio where they supposedly found safe shelter.           When it was discovered that they had been pursued and surrounded, and her husband overpowered, Margaret knew that any hope of freedom was  in vain.  She refused to see her children taken back into slavery.  Without delay, Margaret quickly took hold of a butcher's knife which was laid on a table and cut the throat of her young daughter.  She then attempted to kill her other children as well, then herself, but she was overpowered and held back before she could follow through.  She was arrested and put on trial on the grounds that the child she killed was the legal property of the owner.             In Beloved, when a new proprietor takes over Sweet Home (the slave farm), Sethe, escapes the brutal beatings she now endures in an attempt to go from Kentucky to Ohio.  When the previous owner of Sweet home, Mr....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 2450 words
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Essay on Names in Song of Solomon - The Importance of Names in Song of Solomon      Abstract:  In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, names have great implication.  Language is extremely personal and deeply rooted in culture.  Names are an integral part of language, and they help to establish identity, define personality, and show ownership through formal and informal usage.   " 'Tis but thy name that is my enemy; / Thou art thyself, though not a Montague. / What's Montague. it is nor hand, nor foot, / Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part / Belonging to a man.  O, be some other name....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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American Dream in Song of Solomon, Narrative Frederick Douglass, Life of a Slave Girl, and Push - American Dream in Song of Solomon, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Push    In an era where "knowledge is power," the emphasis on literacy in African American texts is undeniable. Beginning with the first African American literary works, the slave narratives, through the canon's more recent successes such as Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon and Sapphire's Push, the topic of literacy is almost inextricably connected to freedom and power. A closer investigation, however, leads the reader to another, less direct, message indicating that perhaps this belief in literacy as a pathway to the "American Dream" of freedom and social and financial success is contradictory or, at least, insufficient in social and cultural terms....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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Comparing the Power of Love in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved - The Power of Love in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved There are several common themes in the film Beloved and the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. They both deal with the effects of slavery on the white and black communities. They both address the brutal treatment of blacks within slavery, including the sexual mistreatment of black women by their masters. A prevalent theme out of both works is the power of a mother’s love for her children. The film Beloved paints a grim picture of what it was like to be a black woman in the 1860’s....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1641 words
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Remembering the Disremembered - Remembering the Disremembered Everybody knew what she was called, but nobody anywhere knew her name. Disremembered and unaccounted for, she cannot be lost because no one is looking for her, and even if they were, how can they call her if they don't know her name. Although she has claim, she is not claimed. In the place where long grass opens, the girl who waited to be loved and cry shame erupts into her separate parts, to make it easy for the chewing laughter to swallow her all away. It was not a story to pass on....   [tags: History Historians Society Essays]
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beloved - Beloved Toni Morrison’s, Beloved, is a complex narrative about the love between mothers and daughters, and the agony of guilt. “ It is the ultimate gesture of a loving mother. It is the outrageous claim of a slave.” These are the words, of Toni Morrison, used to describe the actions of Sethe, the central character in the novel. She, a former slave, chooses to kill her baby girl rather then let her live a life in slavery. In preventing her from the physical and emotional horrors of slavery, Sethe has put herself in to a realm of physical and emotional pain: guilt....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Song Of Solomon - From Beginning to End Toni Morrison begins her novel Song of Solomon in a very unconventional way. Instead of introducing a setting or characters, she retells an incident that without further reading is for the most part incomprehensible. As readers we notice later on in the story the references made throughout the book that relate back to the introductory pages. Some of the main themes such as oral traditions, naming, and especially flight are introduced in the first six pages and are further developed in a very similar format throughout the book....   [tags: essays research papers] 1072 words
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The Bluest Eye - The Bluest Eye is a brilliantly written novel revealing the fictional trauma of an eleven-year-old black girl named Pecola Breedlove. This story takes place in the town of Lorain, Ohio during the 1940’s. It is told from the perspective of a young girl named Claudia MacTeer. She and her sister, Frieda, become witness to the terrible plights Pecola is unintentionally put through. Pecola chooses to hide from her disabling life behind her clouded dream of possessing the ever so cherished “bluest of eyes”....   [tags: essays research papers] 1144 words
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The Theme of Inner Conflict in Tar Baby - The Theme of Inner Conflict in Tar Baby     Toni Morrison's Tar Baby, is a novel about contentions and conflicts based on learned biases and prejudices. These biases exist on a race level, gender level, and a class level. The central conflict, however, is the conflict within the main character, Jadine. This conflict, as Andrew W. A. LaVallee has suggested, is the conflict of the "race traitor."2 It is the conflict of a woman who has discarded her heritage and culture and adopted another trying to reconcile herself to the "night women" who want to bring back "the prodigal daughter."             The first of the contentions is that of race....   [tags: Tar Baby Essays]
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A Comparison of Freedom in Beloved and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Theme of Freedom in Beloved and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest  Freedom as defined in Websterís dictionary is liberation from the control of another person or arbitrary power, a being able to act or move without hindrance or restraint.  My definition of freedom is altered from this due to the various experiences I have had. These experiences affect my perception of life and influence how I define freedom, just as another person would view freedom differently than me.  Freedom, as I perceive it to be, is the ability to live a life without any restrictions or limitations imposed on you by others.  You must have complete control over every aspect in your life.  Most people think of freedom only in the realm of the physical, but I believe that freedom is emotional as well.  In order to be considered free, you must be separate from your past.  You need to acknowledge your past and realize what has happened, but at the same time you need to move on.  You cannot allow your life to be lived according to what has happened in your past, or a cycle will ensue....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 2433 words
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Character Identification: Hiding from a poisoned memory (Circle) - Character Identification: “Hiding from a poisoned memory” (Circle) Characters from different sources of literature can often be linked together and seem to have the same feelings, background, moral standing, or struggles. They may experience the same hardships, driving them to suffering, which other characters in literature encounter. In the book Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee, the main character was told from the age of seven the hardships she would encounter in her lifetime (Mukherjee 3). Pecola, from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, experiences rape by her father and the miscarriage of their child....   [tags: miscellaneous]
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Tar Baby - Tar Baby It is often said that it is better to follow your heart instead of your mind because it will never lie to you. However, when you follow your heart you are not always prepared for what the outcome may be. This is proven in Toni Morisson's novel Tar Baby . Tar Baby is Morrison's fourth novel and it took three and a half years to write . The story was based on an old African American folk tale about Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby. This book is said by some to be an excess of what made Morrison's other books good but despite the criticism the book still made it to the best seller's list....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1904 words
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Beloved: The Human Condition - Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved, reveals the effects of human emotion and its power to cast an individual into a struggle against him or herself. In the beginning of the novel, the reader sees the main character, Sethe, as a woman who is resigned to her desolate life and isolates herself from all those around her. Yet, she was once a woman full of feeling: she had loved her husband Halle, loved her four young children, and loved the days of the Clearing. And thus, Sethe was jaded when she began her life at 124 Bluestone Road-- she had loved too much....   [tags: essays research papers] 962 words
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