Race Relations in "Recitatif" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Race Relations in "Recitatif"
An analysis of the themes of race and racism in Toni's Morrison's short story "Recitatif".
# 145041 | 1,286 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 24, 2010 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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The paper focuses on how Toni Morrison does not disclose the race of the girls in "Recitatif". The paper discusses how she intentionally leaves us with labels, stereotypes and ways of thought, to force us to consider our race relations. The paper specifically highlights the role that Maggie plays in illustrating how labels operate in everyday life. The paper also shows how Morrison questions our childhood perceptions and how they change as we mature.

From the Paper:

"In "Recitatif," Toni Morrison deliberately leaves the race of Twyla and Roberta unclear in order that the reader would be forced to not simply scan the words on the page but to actually read the story and pay attention to what each girl is doing and saying in an attempt to demystify the ambiguity. It is interesting that we think we might know but another scene from the story makes us question our assumptions. One scene that this becomes especially true is when the two characters encounter one another outside the school. When Twyla says, "Just look. Who do they think they are? Swarming all over the place like they own it. And now they think they can decide where my child goes to school" (Morrison). Roberta has no problem with her child being bussed and says so but Twyla insists that the issue is not about them but their children. We try to determine who is black and who is white and who would be the most upset about their child being bussed and the answer lies in more information. Of course, we do not have enough information to decide with certainty what race Twyla or Roberta might be."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Toni. "Recitatif ." DeAnza College Online Files. Information Retrieved December 02, 2008. <http://faculty.deanza.edu/quigleyjill/>

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