"Jazz" Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Examines how jazz music connects people in Toni Morrison's novel.
# 64179 | 1,524 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Music Studies (Blues, Jazz)

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As the title suggests, "Jazz" connects key aspects of jazz music to the disenchanted lives of the book's characters, creating three significant parallels. Overall, the book becomes an instrument for Toni Morrison's melody. The paper shows that, first, like a jazz ensemble, each character's solo is arranged together to create a disjointed unity, contrasting notes that somehow come together. Second, a new and unique rhythm, voice, beat and language are created that go beyond the conventional forms of both music and storytelling. In other words, the book tries to portray the importance of jazz for blacks in Harlem in the 1920's. It becomes a way of communicating a history, a present, and a future that have never before been told. The paper shows that, finally, the door is opened for improvisation, change, and perhaps even hope.

From the Paper:

"Essentially, through these jazz-like lyrics, Morrison provides these characters with a way to tell their story. Otherwise, they do not know how to talk to each other; in fact, they can't seem to communicate in the traditional way through conversation. Therefore, they need, even want, their own form or method for saying what they want to say. For example, the narrator tells us that "Maybe everybody has a renegade tongue yearning to be on its own" (24). In the meantime, however, "Violet shuts up. Speaks less and less until "uh" or "have mercy" carry almost all of her part of a conversation".

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