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The novels of Toni Morrison depict a disjointed tradition striving to coalesce in a racialized society. No different modern author conveys this "double attention" of African-American existence so faithfully. As her characters fight to barter significant roles and identities, and as they confront the inescapable factor of department, her novels are permeated with motifs of fragmentation. This divided entity is a subject repeated all through Morrison's fiction. working on many degrees, this plurality-in-unity impacts narrators, chronologies, participants, undefined, households, neighborhoods, races. Philip Page's severe interpretation of Morrison's first six novels - Sula, music of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, loved, Jazz, and Tar child - areas her fiction within the vanguard of yank tradition, African-American tradition and modern idea. Her fiction has the facility to extend the souls of all readers by way of taking them into the recesses of alternative souls-in-process, via requiring them to paintings the traumas and dilemmas these different souls undergo, and by means of hard them to understand, settle for, and preserve open their very own risky freedom.

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Similarly, Roger Abrahams sees call and response as an indicator of the simultaneous independence and interdependence of African-American culture. The form affirms through the enactment of opposites as it combines innovation and tradition, invention and initiation (83). Call and response thus replaces single-voiced, authoritative monologue with multistranded, collective voices that merge the individual and the community in mutual harmony. African-American musical forms, in particular the blues and jazz, also illustrate the pattern of fusion and fragmentation.

American history can be seen as the alternation between periods of relative unity and relative plurality (Fisher, "Introduction" xii-xiii) or as a shift from a more holistic culture to a more heterogeneous one (Levine, Highbrow 171; Varenne 5). , attests that "ours is a late-twentieth century world profoundly fissured by nationality, ethnicity, race, class, and gender'' (Loose xv). Commentators have provided many terms for this paradoxical trait, for example "concordia discors" (Grossman 184; Bercovitch, Rites 29), "classic polarities" (Bellah et al.

During slavery, American culture developed racial barriers into an almost unbridgeable gap. According to Kammen, slavery has always constituted "an underlying moral and social contradiction" (189) and, in idealistic America, that contradiction led to the concept of the black slave as "a model of what white Americans must never become" (191). For Ellison, race "made for a split in America's moral identity that would infuse all of its acts and institutions with a quality of hypocrisy" (Going 333) and "became a major cause, form, and symbol of the American hierarchical psychosis" (336).

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