Toni Morrison: The Woman of Racial Justice When an individual looks back on the Civil Rights Movement, they often remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcom X; but what about Toni Morrison? As the 1940s continued to perpetuate the idea of a divided America through segregation and racial violence, Toni was beginning to speak out through her works as a writer. Toni Morrison, who was born as Chloe Anthony Wofford, proved to be a strong supporter of the “Black is Beautiful” campaign and became an active voice for black men and women whose goal was to bring about change in a time of injustice. By including themes of racial pride, beauty, racism, and even bildungsroman in her novel, The Bluest Eye, she was and is still able to engage her readers
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is an influential book that teaches a simple lesson: life is not perfect, but we can still find our happy ending. Hurston demonstrates this by following the life of Janie Crawford. Janie is a headstrong African American who is caught up in the mess of early 20th century America attempting to get used to living with free African Americans. Additionally she must decide for herself what it means to love another person, discover who she is, and thereby, what she wants. Even though Janie is born after the American Civil War, she lives in a society still learning to come to terms with the reality of civil equality.
In addition, Juliet won’t speak ill of “him who killed her cousin” because she says that why should she if that is her husband: “Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” (III:ii, 22). This shows that she is more mature because now she has her husband and she should defend him. Also, according to Juliet, she shouldn’t be crying because her husband could have been killed instead of her cousin: “That villain cousin would have kill’d my husband” (III:ii, 101). This shows that she is now making her own decisions and becoming an independent woman because now she doesn’t just cry because the nurse is crying, she thinks about her husband
This further emphasises Mrs Elvsted’s perfection as she becomes socially liberated, though she only does so to remain emotionally close to Lovborg and continue to play a supporting role to him. That is to say, Mrs Elvsted rebelled against society’s expectations only to play into them, remaining committed to playing the female role in society. Nonetheless, Ibsen makes Hedda jealous of Mrs Elvsted’s courage to break the rules to show the audience
Offred describes a dissociation between the role she plays in Gilead to the independent working woman she was before. By forbidding the person she was before the government plan Gilead began supposedly to end violence and the male gaze towards women, the real reason is because of infertility caused by environmental concerns. The fanatical believers find a way to justify oppression. Aunt Lydia said, “[i]n the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from.” (pg 24).
The words of a women were not completely disregarded as unimportant or insignificant, at least not legally. If a woman is being abused or neglected by her husband, then she has the right to leave him. However, this right is only granted if the woman has been “careful” and is not at fault. It a woman wishes to leave her husband but has wasted her house and neglected her husband, not only is she not allowed to leave him but she is actually supposed to be thrown into the water and killed. If a husband neglects or abuses his wife, there is no mention of killing him; the only consequence for abusing his spouse is that she is allowed to divorce him and get her dowry back.
Fighting the Hate of Beauty Toni Morrison is an author who loves to write about black experiences. She published her first book in 1970 were racism was still a big topic. In her novel she like to give people an idea of what the daily struggle it is to be an African American. Morrison is one of the best authors that portrays a struggle in society because she is never scared to write the truth. Some of Morrison works are very vivid to really illustrate the whole picture she paints through the novel.
Another issue that feminist campaigned against was that women were to refrain from premarital sex, while boys of the same age having premarital sex was perfectly accepted. But here, “… and the rest of the time Connie spent around the house – it was summer vacation – getting in her mother’s way and thinking, dreaming, about the boys she met. But all the boys fell back and dissolved into a single face that was not even a face, but an idea, a feeling, mixed up with the urgent insistent pounding of the music and the humid night air of July” (Oates 454), Connie is clearly not wanting to conform to this standard and is fantasizing of expressing her own sexuality. Another instance of Connie’s rebellion is presented is this segment, “Her parents and sister were going to a barbeque at an aunt’s house and Connie said no, she wasn’t interested, rolling her eyes, to let her mother know just what she thought of it” (Oates 454). Therefore, she is telling her mother that she disapproves of these events that
She doesn’t care what she did the past, it only matters what she is going to do in the future with her new lover. Her son tries to say to her that, the man who makes her so happy is no good to her, and needs to focus on herself. That her lover, Trigorin is an honorable man and deserves to have respect. Treplev is furious at her mother's words screaming at her, instead of being at his side as her son. She decides to be on the side of her lover arguing that she is losing her pride in that man.
Paradise (1997) Love (2003) A Mercy (2008)Home (2012) .Through her novels, Toni Morrison traced the plight of black people who have struggled the inferior social and economic status in a conspicuous culture. Morrison lodges a stern denunciation against the overriding society for its unfair tyranny of African-Americans. Blacks’ subjugated culture is made noticeable by her literary representation. She has given a voice to the black minority. As an African-American female writer, her writings are profuse in rank about black culture.