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Fletcher De’Anthony Fletcher Prof. Jordan November 27, 2012 English 2390 Women Embodiment In Tony Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower the women are seen as just subservient to men. Tony Morrison uses an androcentric (male centered) myth in which the male figure needs the women in his life to reach completion, and destroys them all in his quest to point out the flaws in gender relations within black society. In Song of Solomon the women are those typically left behind. Many of the women are trapped in their marriages and social roles, crushing them by the heavy burden of survival. I believe that the women in Tony Morrison’s Song of Solomon were represented to be more grounded than the men because the men were associated with flying and fleeing. “Morrison's early works explore the results for black women when the values are real and powerful but are designed primarily for middle-class whites. This concept certainly appears importantly in Song of Solomon, but that book also explores what happens to women whose values (and value) are determined by the men who control their lives” (Bakerman 542). This gives an example of how women are treated and how influential men were. By men controlling the women lives it dictated the behavior of the women. Women were seen as secondary citizens.
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