Analysis Of A Mercy Of Toni Morrison

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Unlike other contemporary novels coupling slavery and racism, ‘A Mercy’ of Toni Morrison (2008) depicts the situation when slavery is deprived of its racial situation. In other words, by separating race from slavery, the novel gives audience a chance to see “what it might have been like to be a slave but without being raced” (Neary, 2008); and a chance to wonder whether it is the color itself or the colonial society dominated by patriarchal and imperial powers the reason for slavery in the final decade of the seventeenth century. The plot of the novel is constructed on scattered piecemeal narratives of traditionally ignored perspectives: white lower-class women, white servants, an abandoned white girl, and a black female slave. The physical and psychological scars of their struggle are described under social violence perspective, from which sufferings of each character will not be analyzed as being located in individuals but rather as a representative of social predicaments. Throughout the novel, Morrison portrays slavery and hardship of any not part of the dominant classes, especially women and black people, as consequences of the workings of a larger social, cultural, and economic system. At first, as victims of an economic system, all women in the novel come together at the Vaark farm via transactions: Lina is bought by Vaark; Rebekka becomes his wife through his funding an arranged marriage; Florens is acquired in the settlement of a debt; and Sorrow is given to Vaark

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