"A Mercy" Essay

879 Words Dec 20th, 2012 4 Pages
Cris Damianos
English 12
Ms. Hicks
September 3, 2012

Aesop, a renowned Greek fabulist and story teller once said that “every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either” Here he is trying to say that before we judge or lean towards one side of a story, we should always be aware of the other. I believe Toni Morrison is trying to prove this point in her novel a mercy by depicting her story from the perspectives of various characters in the book. In doing this, the reader quickly learns to look at all sides of a story before jumping to false conclusions. In her novel, a mercy, Toni Morrison takes the reader into the minds of the characters Lina and Sorrow in order to demonstrate the
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Morrison provides a false foundation for the reader through the perspective of Lina in the novel however, later on shocks them by quickly revealing the reality of Sorrows perplexing nature from her own point of view. By building a quick and easy abhorrence toward Sorrow, Morrison easily uses these emotions to turn the reader besides themselves. Once Sorrow begins talking, the reader immediately evokes their previous emotions towards her, but they quickly realize that they had led themselves to false accusations. Sorrows story begins on the ship where she had been living her whole life. After being drugged by a doctor who was to remove her “recurring neck boils”, the same ones that Lina made out to be an evil trait, she awakened to a raided, vacant boat and everyone Sorrow knew had been taken or killed. After rummaging many nights alone on the ship, Sorrow was soon accompanied by an imaginary friend named Twin, who would stage as “her safety, her entertainment, her guide”

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