Dangerous Freedom: Fusion and Fragmentation in Toni by Philip

By Philip

The novels of Toni Morrison depict a disjointed tradition striving to coalesce in a racialized society. No different modern author conveys this "double recognition" of African-American existence so faithfully. As her characters fight to barter significant roles and identities, and as they confront the inescapable factor of department, her novels are permeated with motifs of fragmentation. This divided entity is a subject repeated all through Morrison's fiction. working on many degrees, this plurality-in-unity impacts narrators, chronologies, contributors, undefined, households, neighborhoods, races. Philip Page's severe interpretation of Morrison's first six novels - Sula, tune of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, liked, Jazz, and Tar child - locations her fiction within the vanguard of yankee tradition, African-American tradition and modern concept. Her fiction has the facility to extend the souls of all readers via taking them into the recesses of different souls-in-process, by means of requiring them to paintings the traumas and dilemmas these different souls suffer, and by means of hard them to grasp, settle for, and continue open their very own harmful freedom.

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Each concept still exists, but it is unraveleddeconstructedto reveal its inner contradictions, variability, and indecipherability. 2 Similarly, postmodern perceptions of the relationships between traditional entities shift from clearly defined (and inevitably hierarchical) bipolar oppositions to more complex fluctuations involving nonunitary entities and the undefinable but crucial differences and similarities between them. Not rejecting the original terms or replacing the traditionally favored one with the unprivileged one, the new perspective seeks a more complex perception of their interrelation.

Stating that even today ''slavery . . 8 Not only is African-American culture split off from but still part Page 13 of the dominant American culture, it is itself a pluralistic entity. By definition, African-American culture is a combination of African and Euro-American elements. Levine examines how the African world view interacted with and was transformed by Euro-American views (Black 5). The resulting African-American culture is a "syncretic blend of the old and the new, of the African and the Euro-American" (135) and the result of "a dual process of creation and re-creation, of looking both without and within the black community for the means of sustenance and identity and survival" (189).

6 West African culture contrasted pervasively with Euro-American culture, and those contrasts, along with the slaves' subjugated status, forced African Americans into doublenessAfrican by tradition but American by necessity. One Page 11 principal dimension of contrast was the shift from the traditional African sense of harmonious unity to the Euro-American focus on competitive differentiation. Adebayo Adesanya finds in African thinking "a coherence or compatibility among all disciplines" (qtd. in Jahn 96) and claims that the disciplines "all find themselves logically concatenated in a system so tight that to subtract one item from the whole is to paralyse the structure of the whole" (97).

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