Home Is Tony Morrison 's Fictional Account Of A Korean War

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Home is Tony Morrison’s fictional account of a Korean War veteran’s experiences after returning to America. The veteran, Frank Money, faces particular challenges because he is a black man in 1950s America. Frank is attempting to return to his home state of Georgia in order to save his little sister, Cee, from danger. Along the way he faces the pitfalls of being a black man and a veteran. By writing from multiple perspectives, Morrison is able to compare Frank’s experience to that of other black people in America, especially Cee’s. By the end of the novel, Frank and Cee have experienced an arc of redemption and self-realization. Home displays the dual trauma experienced from American war and racism. The comparison of Cee’s story with Frank’s solidifies the trauma of both their situations. Frank deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by watching his friends die and killing a young Korean girl. With PTSD come alcoholism, unemployment, and homelessness. This is typical of the awful experiences we know veterans go through. Simultaneously, Frank faces racism upon his return home and throughout his travels. He needs to know specific black-friendly homes and businesses in order to have ways to eat, stay, and move across the country, otherwise facing persecution from white people he encounters. Often, Frank can’t even avoid racist violence, such as when he was pulled into a fight with a man in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Cee experiences just as many traumatic events as

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