Toni Morrison's "Paradise" Book Review by write123

Toni Morrison's "Paradise"
An analysis of the generational conflict in Toni Morrison's "Paradise".
# 106320 | 2,006 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 30, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper relates that the main problem in the town Ruby in Morrison's "Paradise" is the way in which the old generation resents change and stubbornly clings to the past. The paper explains that this generational conflict reflects the results of slavery on the present state of mind of the blacks. The paper highlights Morrison's belief that the past should be dealt with by accepting it and adopting a dynamic attitude towards it.

From the Paper:

"Like Morrison's other fictional works, Paradise is the portrayal of a community. The particular community described here is an all-black, extremely conservative society that lives isolated in a small town called Ruby in Oklahoma. The town of Ruby is created as an isolated, utopian society which, through its own established laws and government, is meant to thrive in an absolute, paradisiacal state. The reality is however rather dystopian than utopian: the community is obviously a self-enclosed patriarchal and exclusivist society, in which otherness be it racial or gender related is met by intolerance. The intolerance is reflected in the main plot of the novel: the elders of Ruby attack the Convent, the refuge of many women in the town and kill a few of its inhabitants."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Toni. Paradise. London: Vintage, 1999

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