Betrayal In Toni Morrison's A Mercy

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Toni Morrison's A Mercy, betrayal is an essential theme. It is betrayal that leads to the change in some character's personalities and behaviors. Florens' life is the outcome of two crucial betrayals, the first being from her own mother. At a young age she was agonized by the feeling of rejection, feeling as though she'd been "thrown away" by her mother. Fortunately, Lina treated her as her very own, taking good care of her, protecting her, and telling her stories. "Especially called for were stories of mothers fighting to save their children from wolves and natural disasters" (72). Florens' second betrayal was by the blacksmith. Being a wild, love-seeking teen, all she wanted was her love reciprocated. She was desperate for affection and desired
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