An offshoot of the universal literary tree

An offshoot of the - , cultural, journeysofthespirit AsinHenryJames'sTurnoftheScrew,

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An offshoot of the universal literary tree, Toni Morrison — for all her feminism and her historical,  cultural, and social background — shares much with the white male writers who have also delineated  journeys of the spirit. As in Henry James's  Turn of the Screw , her characters in  Beloved  confront an elusive ghost, which  deprives Sethe of the ability to nest and to know contentment. Sharing an obsession with social injustice with John Steinbeck's  Grapes of Wrath,  Morrison's novel  recreates an emotional landscape that moves beyond historic fact to individual suffering. Not unlike  Rosasharn Joad, Sethe communicates maternal love through breast milk. Mirroring the despair of William Styron's  Sophie's Choice,   Beloved  details a clinging ambivalence fed  on a past so lurid and unrelenting that it will give the suffering mother no respite. In Styron's novel, 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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