The Gothic Writing Of Toni Morrison And Southern Gothic Literature

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Toni Morrison’s gothic writing surrounds the cold-blooded essence of the south post civil- war. She uses striking vocabulary to reveal the hardships of African Americans in the deep south. Her writing unapologetically real. Morrison has and is continuing to set the path for all southern gothic writers. Toni Morrison is a southern gothic, literary icon who has won countless awards for her work such as Beloved and The Bluest Eye; not only is she revolutionary for women but she is also for all African Americans.
Morrison was one of four children, who grew up in rural Ohio. She was born with the name of Chloe Ardelia Wofford; but after many mispronunciations in college and after she tied the knot she changed it to Toni Morrison. As a child and throughout her adult years she was known to be outspoken; her mother seemed to be of a similar nature. While the family was on food stamps, Mrs. Wofford was displeased to find bugs in her cornmeal; she later wrote to Franklin D Roosevelt. Surprisingly she received a remorseful letter back. Not only did she take inspiration from her childhood but also her grandmother who fled from the south; with seven children and no means of financial support. Strong women were something that seemed to run in the Wofford family. Toni demonstrated strong women by being single mother to two marvelous sons.
The Bluest of Eyes, Toni Morrison 's first novel illustrates the harsh beauty standards put on black women; and how these standards were only

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