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Toni Morrison’s Struggle to Find an Identity

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  1. Introduction
  2. Morrison's life
    1. The begining of his life
    2. Living through the Civil Rights Movement
    3. Her attendance at Howard University and her realization of the reality of the life of Black's
    4. Her teaching career
  3. The novel Tar Baby
    1. The issue of self-hatred in her writings
    2. Black women: Victims in a society
    3. Negative views of mothers
  4. Conclusion
  5. Bibliography

In Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Morrison rejects the theory that American literature reflects white male views. She argues that ?Africanism?, a term she uses ?for the denotative and connotative blackness that African peoples have come to signify? (Morrison, Playing, 6), has had a crucial presence in American literature throughout the years. Morrison writes, ?These speculations have led me to wonder whether the major and championed characteristics of our national literature ?individualism, masculinity, social engagement versus historical isolation; acute and ambiguous moral problematics; the thematics of innocence coupled with an obsession with death and hell ?are not in fact responses to a dark, abiding, signing Africanist presence.?(Morrison, Playing, 5)

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