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Essay on Dream Deferred in Song of Solomon - The American Dream Deferred in Song of Solomon      Beginning with the first African American literary works through the more recent successes such as Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 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: Song Solomon essays]
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Bus Stats - The Pain of Wanting to be Beautiful "Starlight star bright" make me beautiful tonight. So many young girls gaze into the stars wishing that they could be beautiful so they would be accepted at school, as well as loved and acknowledged more. Pecola Breedlove in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye is no different than any other little girl. She too wants to be beautiful. America has set the standards that to be beautiful one must have " blue eyes, blonde hair, and white skin" according to Wilfred D....   [tags: essays research papers] 1213 words
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Memoirs of a Geisha and the Bluest Eye - Comparison Essay of Memoirs of a Geisha and the Bluest Eye Memoirs of a Geisha by Aurthor Golden and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison are two thought provoking books with a unique style of writing. Memoirs of a Geisha has a beautiful poetic grammar which captures readers imagination and brings the story to life. Morrison on the other hand uses combined voices to give varied perspectives with out resorting to authorial intrusion or preaching. Memoirs Of A Geisha and the bluest eye both contain graphic realism combined with a dramatic flair, which is the key as to why both of these books have been a great success....   [tags: Comparison] 906 words
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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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Essay on Spirituality in Song of Solomon - Inclusive Spirituality in Song of Solomon   When slaves were brought to America they were taken from all they had known and forced to live in a land of dark irony that, while promising life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, provided them with only misery. In a situation such as the one in which the slaves found themselves, many people would rely on their religion to help them survive. But would slaves be able to find spiritual comfort within the parameters of a religion that had been passed on to them from the slaveholders....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 878 words
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Morrisons Analysis - 1.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report presents a detailed strategic marketing analysis of Morrisons plc. The supermarket retailing industry has become highly competitive in the U.K and unlike other developed regions in the world, still shows potential of growth opportunities. However it is also vital to acknowledge that opportunities are available for only industrial players who are willing to provide high value for customers at competitive prices. From being a regional player, Morrisons have arrived at a major crossroads by acquiring Safeway supermarkets and it has come to challenge the major national and global competitors....   [tags: Business Case Studies] 4010 words
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Essay on Themes of House on Mango Street, and The Bluest Eye - Disturbing Themes of House on Mango Street, and The Bluest Eye   Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago and grew up in Illinois, the only girl in a family of seven. Cisneros is noted for her collection of poems and books that concentrate on the Chicana experience in the United States. In her writing, Cisneros explores and transcends borders of location, ethnicity, gender and language. Cisneros writes in lyrical yet deceptively simple language, she makes the invisible visible by centering on the lives of Chicanas, their relationships with their families, their religion, their art, and their politics....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Essay on the Myths of the African American Woman in Song of Solomon - Defying the Myths of the African American Woman in Song of Solomon   Throughout slavery, myths were created that tainted the image of the African American woman. These myths promote the misconceptions that African American women are promiscuous and are virtually useless. These myths caused these women to be degraded in the eyes of others as well as themselves. In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon womanhood is defined in ways that have destroyed these myths. Womanhood is defined according to one's sexuality, spirituality, beauty, identity, relationships, and motherhood....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 826 words
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'The Lizard King', Jim Morrison - The Lizard King: Jim Morrison “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors.” Jim Morrison was an American poet who played a major role in the revolution of rock music in the U.S. throughout the late sixties and part of the seventies. His music has influenced millions and changed the way that people looked at rock as a whole. His poetry, often written under the influence of mind-altering substances captured the minds of his listeners allowing his vivid imagery to be displayed in every piece of music he wrote....   [tags: Biography Poetry Rock Music] 1567 words
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Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag - Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag Jim Morrison is the lead singer of the classic rock and roll band "The Doors". Jim Morrison not only was the lead vocalist in the famous sixties band, he was also the writer of most but not all of The Doors songs and the author of many poems. Susan Sontag is an accomplished author. Some of Susan Sontag's works include essays, reviews, editing, novels and short stories. Although at first Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag appear to have nothing or very little in common, both because of Jim Morrison's main influence coming from author Friedrich Nietzsche, who believed in existentialism (a body of ethical thought centering about the uniqueness and isolation of individual experiences in a universe indifferent or even hostile to man, regarding human existence as unexplainable, and emphasizing man's freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of his acts), and Susan Sontag's writings following a style of existentialism, both Jim Morrison and Susan Sontag's works focus constantly on relating the message of placing blame on oneself in order to obtain a more perfect soul....   [tags: History] 1610 words
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Toni Cade Bambara - Toni Cade Bambara Toni Cade Bambara was a native of New York City who devoted her life to her writing and her social activism. Throughout her career, Bambara used her writings to convey social and political messages about the welfare of the African-American community and of African-American women especially. According to Alice A. Deck in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, the author was "one of the best representatives of the group of Afro-American writers who, during the 1960s, became directly involved in the cultural activities in urban communities across the country." Deck also pointed out that "Bambara is one of the who continued to work within the black urban communities (filming, lecturing, organizing, and reading from her works at rallies and conferences)....   [tags: Essays Papers] 685 words
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Morrison's Writing Style in Beloved - Not too long after the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, Sethe, the mother who murdered her child to protect her baby from a lifetime of slavery, has yet to know the true meaning of freedom. Such a controversial, hard to swallow plot is certain to stimulate a reader’s mind. Too often, however, critically scrutinized for its symbolic story and not adequately appreciated for the vivid metaphors, imperative to the understanding of the post-Civil War slavery. Morrison’s metaphors in her writing serves as a constant reminder of Sethe’s considerably enslaved life, bound to her guilt, her past life and her haunting memories....   [tags: essays research papers] 1327 words
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Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson - Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson is a very well written piece of history. This is a story from yesterday, when Harlem children didn't have good education or the money to spring for it. Bambara's tale tells about a little girl who doesn't really know how to take it when a good teacher finally does come along. This girl's whole life is within the poverty stricken area and she doesn't see why she must try hard. The teacher, Miss Moore, shows them what it is all about by taking them to a rich toy store, one in which a single toy costs more than year's supply of food....   [tags: essays papers] 547 words
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Jim Morrison And Order & Chaos - Jim Morrison’s life is full of twists and turns. Yet, despite this he still managed to keep control of himself to create well-organized works of music as well as his poems. His social life started out to be the safe variable and when he was on stage he let loose giving crazy shows for the audience. As his life went on his two lives began to blend into one big blunder where you could only see tiny specs of so-called order. As well as Jim’s life , the time he lived in behaved the same way. Order in the country was there, but its people and its government showed moments of chaos and even rejection of the government itself....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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beloved - times represent a unique calmness. Toni Morrison doesn’t make any exceptions to this idea. In her novel Beloved, Toni Morrison uses trees to symbolize comfort, protection and peace. Morrison uses trees throughout Beloved to emphasize the serenity that the natural world offers. Many black characters, and some white and Native American characters, refer to trees as offering calm, healing and escape, thus conveying Morrison’s message that trees bring peace. Besides using the novel’s characters to convey her message, Morrison herself displays and shows the good and calmness that trees represent in the tree imagery in her narration....   [tags: essays research papers] 2012 words
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The Nobel Prize and The Bluest Eye - The Nobel Prize and The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison's Nobel prize acceptance speech has many interesting parallels between that and her novel The Bluest Eye. The speech opens up new ideas and interesting correlations between the address and the story. In this paper, I will document how parts of Morrison's speech uses situations in The Bluest Eye. The first being that of the story about the blind woman and the bird. Morrison says, "Her answer can be taken to mean: if it is dead, you have either found it that way or you have killed it....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 444 words
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Two Contrasting Views of Slavery in Literature: "Beloved" and "American Negro Slavery" - In this essay, I will be examining the works of two authors on the topic of slavery in America: Ulrich B. Phillips American Negro Slavery (1918) and Toni Morrison Beloved (1987). One writes as a Southerner and a historian who is defending southern slaveholders and draws upon contemporary racial theory to justify the system as beneficial to African Americans. The other writes as an African-American woman who is looking to write women into history and in doing so, add a female voice to the past. The purpose of comparing these two texts is to bring awareness that historical knowledge is constructed and not a given and that the profile of the author influences the content of their work....   [tags: American Literature] 2055 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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Poe and Morrison Transformed Jalopies into Hot Rods - ... According to Morrison’s grandmother, “Jim was very much affected;” and his father was overheard telling him, “Jimmy, you dreamed it. It didn’t happen. It’s not true, you just had a bad dream (Hopkins 34).” Because Morrison was old enough to understand the gravity of what he had just witnessed these images of death remained with him and surfaced throughout his poetry. To illustrate, Morrison’s poem titled Dawn’s Highway contains the uncanny lines: Indians scattered on dawn’s highway bleeding Ghosts crowd the young child’s fragile eggshell mind and in these two lines it is evident that Morrison never let go of those haunting images, as he is quoted describing the incident as “the most important moment in my life” (Riordan and Prochnicky 490)....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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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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The Power of The Bluest Eye - The Power of The Bluest Eye America has been described by various terms such as melting pot and tossed salad, but what these terms are trying to convey is that America is a country of great diversity. The literature of this country reflects its population in its diversity of genres, themes, language, and voices. One of these voices is Toni Morrison, an author who knows and appreciates the power of language, and uses it. In her Nobel Prize acceptance speech she states, "The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers"....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 536 words
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Literary Magnum Opus of Toni Cade Bambara - For this final essay I selected three literary masterpieces namely the story titled “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara, and two Emily Dickinson’s Poems: I heard a fly buzz and The heart asks for pleasure first. The following essay will explore these works in a greater detail focusing on the elements of literature, such as the theme, the character, settings and conflicts. It will find ways to connect, relate or compare one literary work to two others as well as it will analyze the specific element in the selections with some depth....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 2148 words
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The Yellow Wallpaper and Memory, Creation, and Writing - The Yellow Wallpaper and Memory, Creation, and Writing The writings I chose to analyze and relate to each other within this assignment are two pieces, which were written by two very different women. The first essay, I would like to introduce is an article written by Toni Morrison, which was published in the New York magazine "Thought" in 1984. In "Memory, Creation, and Writing", Morrison inspects and analyzes what driving force is necessary in order for a writer to be able to unfold his/her creativity to its highest potential....   [tags: Yellow Wallpaper essays] 1326 words
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The American Dream Exposed in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara - ... Miss Moore took the children on a field trip to Fifth Avenue to show them the important economic issues many Americans currently faced. Miss Moore’s effort is to teach the children about how much things cost, how much their parents make, how much rent costs, and how money is divided up unequally in the United States (Bambara 266). Miss Moore succeeded in her purpose to make her students recognize the unfair advantages that upper class citizens have and are habitually taking them for granted....   [tags: the American Dream ] 1045 words
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World of the Work - ... The different names for this road symbolize the separation of the Southside residents from the city legislators. This also establishes two different groups of people: the wealthy and the ones who are not. Although these residents have referred to this road as “Doctor Street” for years, the city legislators do not care and post numerous notices claiming that the road’s real name was “Mains Avenue” (Morrison 4). For example, one of the houses situated on this street is the “big dark house” belonging to Dr....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Song of Solomon] 716 words
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Jim Morrison; From Boy To Legend - Jim Morrison; From Boy to Legend "hope is just a word when you think in Table Cloths Laughter will not end her funny feeling or assuage our strange desire Children will be born" Jim Morrison Jim Morrison is often thought of as a drunk musician. He is also portrayed to many as an addict and another 'doped up' rock star. These negative opinions project a large shadow on the many positive aspects of this great poet....   [tags: essays research papers] 1449 words
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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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The Dispossessed: What Is a Working Class? - ... “Jones is gay and black, and when the interviewer asked him what his father had thought about his becoming a dancer Jones, somewhat testily said something like, ‘You don’t understand. This wasn’t a middle-class family. The goal wasn’t to become a professional: the goal was to better yourself’” Deresiewicz describes his reaction to the interview by saying that it had nothing to do with race or sexuality and that it had everything to do with class, specifically the working class. This lead him to the realization that the working class is something that you do not hear anyone talk about....   [tags: William Deresiewicz]
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Symbolism in Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson - Symbolism in Toni Cade Bambara's The Lesson Symbols are often use in stories to portray more of a literal meaning. Conventional, literary, and allegory are examples of the different types of symbolism. Symbols can be displayed in many different ways. People, objects, and events are just a few of the ways. Throughout the short story, "The Lesson," Toni Cade Bambara uses symbolism in many areas. The title, "The Lesson," is one symbol that Bambara uses. Miss. Moore, the teacher with a college degree, takes the kids on a trip to F.A.O....   [tags: Bambara Lesson Analysis] 979 words
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The Production Techniques of Whitby Morrison Ltd - The Production Techniques of Whitby Morrison Ltd On Tuesday 13th August 2002, I visited Whitby Morrison Ltd. This firm specialise in manufacturing ice cream vans that are specific to the customer's demands. This firm is a sole trader and a private company. This small family company based in Crewe have been around for 50 years and they also export their vans to customers outside the U.K. The visit consisted of a guide around the site, observing the many stages that an ice cream van goes through....   [tags: Papers] 747 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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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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Comparing The Bluest Eye, Faith in a Tree, and Conversion of the Jews - Responsibility of the Artist in The Bluest Eye, Faith in a Tree, and Conversion of the Jews Toni Morrison, in her work, Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation, voices her opinion about the responsibility of the artist and proclaims that art should be political. I would like to examine Grace Paley and Phillip Roth's short stories and Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye. Each of these works can be considered political, and I believe they fit Morrison's idea of what literary fiction should be....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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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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Memory and the Quest for Family History in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Song of Solomon - Memory and the Quest for Family History in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Song of Solomon Pierre Nora proposes that "the quest for memory is the search for one's history" (289). In their attempt to reconstruct the communal histories of their people, Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez rely heavily on the use of memory as a means to rewrite the history of those oppressed because of race, class and/or gender in a world where historiography has been dominated by the white man. Memory is closely related to the reclamation of identity and history -- both personal and collective....   [tags: One Hundred Years Solitude]
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Morrisons Beloved: A Review - Morrison's Beloved: A Review Everything in a novel is there only because the author chooses it to be there: characters, plot devices, structure and pacing, tone, etc. all are ways in which the author says what he/she has to say. Morrison implements different characters and ideas to enhance the slavery of the time and its lasting affects. While the story is of heartbreak there are various representations of concepts. Which can be seen through realism and the characters of Mr. Bodwin and Baby Suggs....   [tags: essays research papers] 518 words
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The Bluest Eye and the Contemporary American Novel - The Bluest Eye and the Contemporary American Novel There are an infinite number of possible ways to study the development of the American novel. In doing so you invariably have to read a good number of books by American authors. The problem is you can't just walk into the bookstore and pick a few writers, read their novels, and think you understand the way the American novel came about. You have to follow certain guidelines, and read from different time periods to further your understanding....   [tags: Bluest Eye Essays] 495 words
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Use of Language in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez - Use of Language in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez In her novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Dominican author Julia Alvarez demonstrates how words can become strange and lose their meaning. African American writer Toni Morrison in her novel Sula demonstrates how words can wound in acts of accidental verbal violence when something is overheard by mistake. In each instance, one sees how the writer manipulates language, its pauses and its silences as well as its words, in order to enhance the overall mood of each work....   [tags: Papers] 2435 words
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Essay on the Flying Motif in Song of Solomon - Importance of the Flying Motif in Song of Solomon   Throughout literature it has been common for authors to use allusions to complement recurrent motifs in their work. In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon, Milkman learns that his desire to fly has been passed down to him from his ancestor Solomon. As Milkman is figuring out the puzzle of his ancestry, he realizes that when Solomon tried to take his youngest son, Jake, flying with him, he dropped him and Jake never arrived with his father to their destination....   [tags: Song Solomon essays] 635 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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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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African American Folklore - 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....   [tags: essays research papers] 2210 words
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Prejudice in "A Mercy" - John Perry Barlow once said, “Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonwealth, our governance will emerge.” To me this quote means that race is an imaginary thing, and that there are no physical differences between any two people who are of different race. The only thing that is different between the two people is what they have learned, what they accomplished and what their interests are as individuals....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 900 words
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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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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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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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Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl Song - Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl Song When we hear the song Brown-Eyed Girl, it is safe to assume the majority of us think of the Van Morrison version that was first introduced in his album Blowin’ Your Mind, released in 1967. Since that time the song’s legend and popularity have grown to unprecedented heights. Many artists have redone the song, some with a similar music style to Morrison (like Jimmy Buffet), and others of a completely different genre like the punk rock band Green Day. In my essay I will argue that the stylistic differences between the two songs are not a barrier....   [tags: Music Compare Contrast Essays]
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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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Toni Cade Bambara’s Black Female Champions - Toni Cade Bambara’s Black Female Champions It is well known from historical accounts, novels, poems, movies, and other sources that blacks have been abused, neglected, and mistreated in American society. In addition, a great deal has been written about the lives, hardships, and obstacles of black men. Black women, however, have long been relegated to subordinate societal roles in relation to white men and women and black men. Black women have been viewed as monsters and suffered distortions of their image....   [tags: Authors Writer African American 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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The Use of Symbols in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara - The Use of Symbols in The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara Various symbols are used in "The Lesson," by Toni Cade Bambara, to represent the social and economic inequality faced by the children in this story. The children, not that they asked for it, are dealt the bad hand by fate. It is up to them to decide what to do about it or even to do anything at all. A great deal of symbolism can be found by simply examining the name Ms. Moore. Marital status does not define her - notice the Ms. Quite frankly, the reader is not even informed if she is married or even if she has children of her own....   [tags: Papers] 369 words
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My Man Bovanne by Toni Cade Bambara - My Man Bovanne by Toni Cade Bambara The short story entitled "My Man Bovanne" was written by Toni Cade Bambara published in Gorilla, My Love (1972), a collection of Bambara's short stories. The piece is not at all lengthy but the content hits you like a ton of bricks. The subtle hints of ageism and racism are scattered about all of her writing. This story tells a fictional tale of a woman named Hazel Peoples and her tribulations dealing with a world that seems to have forgotten the importance of elders....   [tags: Bambara Man Bovanne] 1031 words
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Beloved - Toni Morrison's Beloved is set in rural Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1873. The novel is centered on a woman named Sethe, who is the mother of four children, and an escapee from slavery in a Kentucky plantation 18 years ago. She lives with her daughter, Denver in a shabby house at 124 Bluestone, that they share with the ghost of a dead baby, which haunts Sethe by reminding her of past tragedies. Paul D, Sethe's new lover and a former Kentucky slave man whom Sethe takes in, helps shed light in Sethe's sad life....   [tags: essays research papers] 913 words
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Paul D. Challenging the View that Morrison is a Feminist Writer - Does the character of Paul D challenge the view that Morrison is a feminist writer. Paul D is a character who has suffered tremendously at the hands of slavery. His brutal ordeals as part of the chain gang show how much this has affected him. This is designed to create pathos for the character and this pathos is heightened when he is portrayed as a strong yet kind character, a ‘gentle giant.’ He is also proud of his masculinity and values a sense of autonomy when he is allowed one. This suggests that his character does challenge the view that Morrison is a feminist writer....   [tags: English Literature] 1209 words
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Your Lost Little Girl by James Morrison - Your Lost Little Girl by James Morrison The song "Your Lost Little Girl" was a metaphorical symbolism for everything Morrison believed in. It reflects Jim's terrible disposition for authority and his goal to show people the way to freedom. He believed that to accept authority was to become authority. His excessive drug use and drinking fueled him to write some of the most original and visionary music ever. It also led him to a mind state that left some people thinking him insane and others thinking him a god....   [tags: Papers] 887 words
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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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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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Essay on Multiple Voices in Morrison's Song of Solomon - The Significance of Multiple Voices in Morrison's Song of Solomon         Of the various manifestations of voice that participate in the interplay of voices in Song of Solomon, I would like to name three - the narrative voice, the signifying voice, and the responsive voice - each of which is dialogized within itself and in relation to the others.   In the opening scene of the novel, the third-person omniscient narrative voice [emphasis added] informs us that at the time of day that Mr. Smith plans to fly from the roof of Mercy Hospital, "word-of-mouth news just lumbered along" (3)....   [tags: Song Solomon essays]
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Kurt Cobain & Jim Morrison - Poets Of A Generation - Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison were more than leads of great bands. They were heros of their generations. They had so many talents and each influenced a multitude of people. Aside from being singers and song writers Kurt was also a musician, guitarist and mass-media phenomenon, and Jim was also a poet, film maker and writer. Their groups also had about a twenty year span in between them. Even though it seems you could not compare them you actually can. Unlike fictional writers their material comes more from their life experiences and feelings....   [tags: essays research papers] 2199 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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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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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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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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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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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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Martin Luther The Great Reformer Biography - Book Report Martin Luther The Great Reformer By: J. A. Morrison On November 10, 1483, Martin Luther was born. His parents were Hans and Margaret Luther. Martin came from a poor family. The Luther's were Germans. They lived in the Thuringian Mountains near Eisleben. Martin Luther was still a small baby when his parents moved from Eisleben to Mansfeld, where his father found work in the mines. Martin, his brother, and his three sisters didn't have the easiest childhood to grow up with. Their parents taught them religion....   [tags: J. A. Morrison] 1376 words
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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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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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