Dualism In Toni Morrison's A Mercy

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A Mercy by Toni Morrison divulges about wilderness and its unstructured ruling in society. It alludes again and again throughout the text that it is a bad thing because of its heavily negative connotation to it when discussed by others, such as the Blacksmith. Florence does not seem to understand it but she believes it’s negative at the beginning, however, after much character development her she accept the wilderness to be a part of herself. Her wild nature is the result of uncivilized upbringing, but it has protected her from the situations that were too much to bear, such as the trauma with her mother and the Blacksmith.
The text starts off with her feet, it is the part in which she is grounded on. Her feet represent her, and so when she hears, “Only bad women wear high heels. I am dangerous, she says, and wild.” The word wild in this context infers that Florens is uncivilized, different from the others. Her heels ward off a meaning of danger and sensual. This is a foreshadowing of her conflict with the Blacksmith. As the text progress she says, “she relents and lets me wear the throwaway shoes from Senhora’s house, pointy-toe, one raised heel broke, the other worn and a buckle on top. As a result, Lina says, my feet are useless, will always be too tender for life and never have the strong soles, tougher than leather, that life requires.” (10) Lina’s critical infers that [main character] cannot function in civil society. This foreshadows means that she, like her feet
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