The Power Of Women In William Morrison's 'Paradise'

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Actually, what Morrison has called “Paradise” is quite a misleading concept to the readers’ expectations. P. Fultz contends that “The nature of Morrison’s paradise must be interrogated” (38).Morrison thus subverts the conventional connotations that the title carries since the first lines of the novel illustrate the destruction of thisparadise,"They shoot the white girl first. With the rest, they can take their time”(3). The next pages of Morrison’s novel bring to light the reasons that have sparked the above violent scene. As a matter of fact, many studies have been conducted on the struggle between Ruby’s men and the Convent women and theensuing violence and fierce actions towards the women. In this chapter, I am going to explore the female characters leading strategies of female…show more content…
In the search for their liberation, they also seek for psychological and spiritual healing tools to restore their broken souls. Stave points out to the fact that "These women combine what is considered traditional, occult, and natural in expressing Morrison 's argument for a union of body, mind, and spirit in a quest of wholeness" (22). This concept of wholeness is very compatible to Lacan 'sconcept of the "Mirror Stage." Lacan states that “We have only to understand the mirror stage as identification” (1). In looking at the mirror, the child starts grasping himself as a unified being and this contributes to the construction of the self. Yet, my concern is not to study the female characters in Lacan’s “Mirror Stage” but to appropriate his concept of the “Mirror” and the second stage that is referred to by him as the symbolic order. In this context, Lacan refers to this fact by emphasizing the child’s exposure to this realm stating that “The very normalization of this maturation is henceforth dependent in man on cultural intervention”
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