Self Definition

2643 Words May 27th, 2006 11 Pages
Self-definition Throughout history black women have been stereotyped and put into many different roles in society. Black women, it seems, have become the scapegoat for many issues and problems and have been misrepresented usually by men, mostly by white men. Through the creation of the mammy, the sapphire, the Jezebel, the strong black woman and more, black women have been misrepresented and portrayed in negative ways in society. In a response to this labeling, black women have begun to tell their own stories and speak out for themselves. Through their writings, black women writers have been able to dispel the stereotypes of black women by showing the truth, the true story of the women, told by the woman. Doing this, they have been …show more content…
"I 'm thinking bout telling Bovanne what a lovely dress Nisi got on…instead I just haul the man on out of there…"(Bambara 9). She decides to define herself. Toni Morrison uses situational irony in a different manner, instead of using the women 's thoughts she uses their actions. The expectations of the reader are because of the upbringing and personal connection of Sula and Nel. The reader experiences situational irony in upbringing through Nel and irony in the women 's personal connection through Sula. It may seem as if Nel will not become like her mother, leave the town, travel, become chaotic and take chances. "For days afterward she imagined other trips she would take…Leaving Medallion would be her goal"(Morrison 29). Nel does none of this and settles into the life of the Bottom and contrary to what the reader expects, she grows up to be almost exactly like her mother. Yet it is not expected that Nel would do this and it is surprising when it happens. Morrison spends great detail explaining the upbringing of both Nel and Sula to show that they are exact opposites, foils of each other and the attraction that each has towards their different lives. Nel, grows up with a strict mother, she is restricted by her mother and is never able to express herself. Her household is quiet and reserved, in a sense, "perfect" and her mother is involved in the community and works hard to kill the imagination and drive of her daughter. Sula grows up
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