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Toni Morrison

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Beloved by Toni Morrison is comprised of material unrivaled in depth and potency when juxtaposed with the other books that we have covered in this class. This being said, Morrison has something in common with many of the authors that we have covered previously. Morrison can be seen as a seamless conglomeration, and at times moderation, of the texts that we covered previously. She is able to combine many of their trademarks into one finely crafted piece that, whether or not it surmounts, rivals the work of the most historic authors that we have covered.
Flannery O’Conner’s work, for example, delves into a similarly dark and dismal realm as Beloved. Events take place in both of these two authors’ respective works that should never, or never have to, take place in a civilized reality O’Conner and
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However, bearing the weight of this hefty digest yields a most rewarding experience for the reader. This facet of the novel is most akin to the creations of William Faulkner. Chronology is an illusion and the novel presents every reader with a different set of puzzle pieces by which they can more or less craft their personal, if not unique, representation of what exactly has transpired. Also like Faulkner, regardless of the pieces that the individual takes up, when, and more importantly if, they are assembled; they form a complex and brilliant scene. In less stylistic comparisons, Morrison’s Beloved resembles the Narrative of the Life Frederick Douglass and Uncle Tom’s Cabin, written by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe respectively. The material composition of all three of these novels, Beloved included, is focused on the physical and/or emotional nightmares that slavery brought to reality. Morrison, however, exists in a far different context than these older writers. Morrison is neither barred nor burdened by the genre of fiction but rather is liberated by it. Stowe was obliged to create a piece of fiction that would not shock society too harshly but also one
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