Questions tagged [toni-morrison]

Questions about the American novelist and academic Toni Morrison (born 1931) and her works. Morrison's novels include The Bluest Eye (1970), Song of Solomon (1977) and Beloved (1987).

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Where and to whom did Toni Morrison give this speech?

Afua Hirsch in her book, Brit(ish) writes that Toni Morrison gave a speech in 1975 saying: 'It's important to know ... the very serious distraction of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you ...
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What does the phrase “If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it” mean?

I find the final passage of Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon to be a bit confusing. As fleet and bright as a lodestar, he wheeled towards Guitar and it did not matter which one of them would give up ...
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Did Ruth sleep with her father?

I'm reading Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, and I'm also confused by this question. Malcom, Ruth's wife, claims that Ruth had sex with her dead father: “In the bed,” he said, and stopped for so ...
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Why does Ruth breastfeed Milkman, and why is this considered scandelous?

I'm reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison for a class, and I'm confused by this. An important part of Milkman's life story is that his mother (Ruth) breastfed him later than normal. It's how he ...
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What makes L unique in “Love,” and what is her significance?

Toni Morrison's Love is narrated by L, who lives on the beach, and seems to be the only person around who truly understood Bill Cosey. I pay attention and I know all about him. That kind of ...
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Is there a “Romeo and Juliet / Romen and Junior” connection drawn in “Love”?

Two major characters in Toni Morrison's Love are local youth Romen and street-smart Junior, who carry on a love affair while both are employed at the Cosey household. In a 2003 review, Elaine ...
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In “Love,” who is Junior's “Good Man,” and what does that imply about her?

Late in Toni Morrison's Love, Junior starts referring to her "Good Man": And her Good Man agreed. As she knew from the beginning, he liked to see her win. They recognized each other the very ...