Analysis Of `` Beloved `` By Toni Morrison

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As a contemporary novel, Beloved also resembles the work of historical fiction. Morrison 's work accentuates popular black culture, as well as art, music and literature. In addition, Morrison is known for the juxtaposition of her novels and combination of bliss and agony as well as amusement and tears. These combinations can be compared with those of the blues and jazz music. In addition to this sense of culture that Morrison adds to her works, the legacy of black female writers play a key role in the development of her writing. For example, the first published black females in America who also happened to be slaves, Phyllis Wheatley and Lucy Terry, as well as a Harlem Renaissance advocate Zora Neale Hurston and Maya Angelou and Alice Walker who were black rights activists, inspired her work. In addition to relying on historically significant writers, Morrison relies heavily on both oral tradition, and the slave narrative. As her works take place in the twentieth century, a time where slavery was still fresh in the minds of Americans, Toni Morrison hopes to reinforce the history of slavery and how it must not be forgotten. Because the traditional slave narration left many grey areas also know as “blanks”, Morrison yearns to fill in those blanks through the many flashbacks in her novel told both orally and experientially. From a more historical standpoint, the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 brought about an increase of slaves as cotton demanded labor and the gin allowed…
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