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Toni Morrison Power Point


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Toni Morrison Power Point

  1. 1. Toni Morrison
  2. 2. L anguage <ul><li>Toni Morrison is aware of and concerned with “ the language black people spoke”; as she has famously stated, the language, “ must not sweat.” </li></ul><ul><li>It is the thing that black folks love so much – the saying of words, holding them on the tongue, experimenting with them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Bluest Eyes <ul><li>In The Bluest Eyes, Morrison captures the inflection, tone, and non- verbal gestures of the oral tradition. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “ I kind of thought Henry would marry her one of these days. “That old woman?” “ Well, Henry ain’t no chicken.” “No, but he ain’t no buzzard, either.” “ He ever been married to anybody?” “ No.” “ How come? Somebody cut it off?” “He’s just picky. You see anything around here you’d marry?” “Well … no.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. “ Sula” <ul><li>Black English oral traditions were used again in Morrison’s “Sula.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “When Lindbergh sleeps with Bessie Smith.” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. “ Tar Baby” <ul><li>Black English oral traditions were used again in Morrison’s “Tar Baby.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “ nigger in the wood pile.” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. “ Song of Solomon” <ul><li>Morrison uses language to define those who are a part of their community those who are not. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: “Afternoon Mr. Dead, sir. I’m Mrs. Bains. Live over at number three on Fifteenth Street.” “Yes, Mrs. Bains. You got something for me?” “ Well, that’s what I come to talk to you about. You know Cency left all them babies with me . And my relief check ain’t no more’n it take to keep a well-grown yard dog alive – half alive, I should say.” “ Your rent is four dollars a months, Mrs. Bains. “ </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Black Women Violence <ul><li>Morrison, who claims that “aggression is not as new to black women as it is to white women,” has written that “There’s a special kind of … violence in writings by black women – not bloody violence, but violence nonetheless. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Love” is full of possession, distortion, and corruption. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Bluest Eyes” is a violent secret, the secret of “illicit, traumatic, incomprehensible sex coming to its dreadful fruition.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Beloved” is the violence of slavery. </li></ul></ul>B E L O V E D The Bluest Eyes
  8. 8. THE END !