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TOni morrison
Core
Nobel Prize~
"Toni Morrison has
given the Afro-American people their history back
, piece by piece"
"She regards the African presence in her country as a vital but unarticulated prerequisite for the
fulfilment of the American dream
"
"Similarily, she sees whiteness in literature as having blackness as its constant companion, the
racial other as its shadow
"

Thesis
Toni Morrison
Conclusion
Segregation
Racism
White Supremacy
Thesis
Morrison exposes the harsh realities of African American history and American life through the lasting consequences of racial prejudice on the individual, family, and community.
Morrison exposes the harsh realities of African American history and American life through the lasting consequences of racial prejudice on the individual, family, and community.
Born: February 18, 1931
Beloved
--1988 Pulitzer Prize
1993 Nobel Prize in Literature
Novels about...
African American life
women
heritage
community
complexity of life
love
Effect on Individual
The racism or segregation leaves an imprint on the individual that leads them to believe that they are a lesser human being.

Poisons their mind with poor images of themselves and others conveying the racism,

Effects their decisions in regards to how it will effect the oppressor's treatment of them
A Mercy
Beloved
Effect on Family/ Relationships
The individual's
personal suffering is reflected in his relationships
with others

Often turns family members and friends against each other
Beloved
Denver: Since she is segregated from others Denver is unable to develop relationships with anyone her age or older
Develops a friendship with Beloved
She becomes angry with her mother when she forms a relationship with Paul D.
Paul D wants to be apart of her life but she rejects him
Sula
Nel's husband feels inadequate as a provider, so he cheats on Nel to feel better about himself
"...a whiney tale that peaked somewhere between anger and a lapping desire for comfort...a Negro man had a hard row to hoe in this world" (103).

Characters love for their family is distorted
Eva kills her son to "protect" him from feeling the pain she's felt & protect him from his own addiction
Hannah commits suicide (selfish--leaves Sula alone)
Effect on Community
Segregated black communities suffer--don't receive the privileges of whites

Community members are b
oth brought together and torn apart
by their segregation & shared experiences
The Bluest Eye
-Racial prejudice effects the community because it causes the extreme separation of races and therefore the development that one is superior to the other.
-A white boy tells Pecola she cannot play with him because of the social stereo type of society that Blacks are inferior and less intellectual than whites. This develops segregation between races, and therefore the feeling in black society of being inferior.
A Mercy
Sula
The "Bottom"
"White people lived on the rich valley floor in that little river town in Ohio, and the blacks populated the hills above it" (5).

Community turns against Sula when she leaves/returns to community
But then...this brings them closer together
"Once the source of their personal misfortune was identified, they had leave to protect and love one another" (117).
The Bluest Eye
-Takes place a few years after the great depression
-The story follows the life of a black girl named Pecola and her family.
-The story of Pecola is very sad because she is raped by her father.
-Pecola never feels fufilled because she is black.
-She develops the idea that if she gets blue eyes she will be beautiful and more loved by he family
-The story goes in depth into the negative effects of racism and supremacy of one race over the other.

A Mercy
A slave girl named Florens is sold to a Maryland farmer named, Jacob Vaark. Through her life on the farm with Vaark and the other slaves, she begins to see the racial gap between whites and blacks, and the brutal nature of the dissent whites are showing. Ultimately leading to her disoriented belief that being black is a burden that no one could ever explain, especially in the infancy of Slavery. She is left with the thought that she will never be anything.
Sula
Medallion, Ohio--"The Bottom"
1919-1965
Follows lives of women, Sula Peace & Nel Wright
Deal with a friendship that ends in betrayal, and many other tribulations (jobs, love, tragedy)
Sula--becomes a pariah after leaving and then returning to the community
Beloved
Morrison on Racism:
People who practice racism are"bereft"
"Waste, corruption, distortion"
"It feels crazy, it is crazy"
Just as harmful to whites as to blacks
Racism is moral high ground...
if we take this away, what is left?
Florens is introduced first hand to the brutality of slavery when she sees another slave, Scully, whipped. Describing him as having "Thick scars tracing his back" (69).
Shows fear of it happening to her
Views whites as immoral and savage
An eldery slave, Lina, tells Florens about her witnessing a hanging of black families. In this chapter, it is written from Lina's perspective, and she says-next bubble-
This brings Lina to have a sour outlook on white people for their immoral action towards blacks
"The first hangings I saw in the square amid a happy crowd attending. I was probably two years old, and death faces would have frightened me if the crowd had not mocked and enjoyed them so....I was too young to remember the details, but my nightmares were made permanently vivid by years of retelling by my parents."
(pg. 87-88)
Florens gets her own personal taste of what being a slave truly means to others, even free black men.
Blacksmith rejects her because she is a slave
Florens and Sorrow are speaking about racism that is elongated to a whole new extent even outside the farm
"I have shock. Are you meaning I am nothing to you? That I have no consequence in your world? My face absent in blue water you find only to crush it? Now I am living the dying inside. No. Not again" (167)
Leaves the slaves with no hope for a future or better life
“Sirs and Mistresses don’t care for natives Lina. They only wish to take care of there own people, not us. No. Not us.” (134)
“His mother did not like him to play with niggers. She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers. They were easily identifiable. Colored people were neat and quiet; niggers were dirty and loud.” (2.5.14)

In conclusion, Toni Morrison’s writing is unique and prizeworthy because she
brings out the truths of American society
by tracing back to the roots of American racism and the
harsh reality
of its negative effects on societal aspects of America.


Since Denver has been segregated from the community her whole life she is anti-social and unable to accept people into her life
dropped out of school because the other kids don't talk to her
doesn't accept Paul D into her life although he means well
1873 Cincinnati, Ohio
Sethe and her daughter Denver live by themselves in a home haunted by the spirit of her other dead daughter Beloved
Beloved's spirit leaves the house and takes form as a human who is emotionally and physically abusive causing problems for the family

Bibliography
-"Toni Morrison - Nobel Lecture". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 26 Mar 2014.
<http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1993/morrison-lecture.html>
-Toni Morrison Takes White Supremacy to Task. YouTube.com. YouTube, 24 Mar. 2012.
Web. 23 Mar. 2014. <
-Morrison, Toni. A Mercy. New York: Knopf, 2008. Print.
-Morrison, Toni. Sula. Knopf ed. New York: Vintage International, 1973. Print.
-Morrison, Toni. Beloved: A Novel. New York: Penguin Group, 1988. Print.
-Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Plume Book, 1994. Print.
"Pleasantly troubled, Sethe avoided the keeping room and Denver's sidelong looks. As she expected, since life was like that-it didn't do any good. Denver ran a mighty interference and on the third day flat out asked Paul D how long he was going to hang around." (43)
"...she didn't even know she was being avoided by her classmates- that they made excuses and altered their pace not to walk with her. It was Nelson Lord- the boy as smart as she was who put a stop to it..She never went back." (102)
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