THE PATTERN OF SEVERED MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOND IN TONI MORRISON’S BELOVED AND A MERCY
Keywords:myth, bond, slavery, maternity, self-definition
In Beloved and A Mercy Toni Morrison revisits the mother-daughter plot, focusing on the feminine. She explores the female black slave’s appalling oppression through the traumatic separation of a slave mother from her daughter, which destroys the emotional ties between them and causes terrible effects on both their psyches. Morrison describes her heroines’ identity journey from “desertion” to wholeness. The black female slave’s unspeakable ordeal unveils her humanity and courage, convulsing the patriarchal slave system.
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