Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby"
This paper analyzes the character of Son, his relationship with Jadine Childs, his values and views on whites in Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby".
# 18983 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 26, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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"Toni Morrison's "Tar Baby" is a powerful novel about what it means to be black in contemporary times, and to get this point across the author concentrates on the character of Son, and his relationship with Jadine Childs.

Son is the surrogate son of Valerian Street, a retired candy tycoon, and his wife Margaret. They live on the Caribbean island of Isle des Chevaliers, and they take Son in when their own son, Michael, refuses to join them for the Christmas holidays.

In certain symbolic terms, Son comes to represent the black man, as he relates to his environment. Son has jumped ship at the island and he is on the run from the law. When he finds himself at the Street estate, he immediately falls in love with Jadine."

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