Literary scholars have been examining and recreating the experiences of “bonded” female characters within Toni Morrison’s novels for decades. However, the distinct experiences of these enslaved women, that are also mothers have not been astutely examined by scholars and deserves more attention. My thesis fleshes out the characterization of several of Morrison’s bonded-mothers and identifies them as a part of a developing controlling image and theory, called the bondmother. Situating these characters within this category allows readers to trace their journeys towards freedom and personal redemption. This character tracing will occur by examining the following Toni Morrison novels: Beloved (1987) and Paradise (1997). In order to fully examine the experiences of these characters it will be necessary for me to expand the definition of bondage and mother.
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Womens studies, American literature|
|Keywords:||Black history, Morrison, Toni, Slavery|
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