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Volume : III, Issue : VIII, September - 2013

Struggle For Survival In Toni Morrison's Tar Baby

Anu Sheokand

DOI : 10.9780/22307850, Published By : Laxmi Book Publication

Abstract :

Many writers who have come up to talk about the predicament of black people in America Toni Morrison's name is of great significance. In her fictional world, the black community attempts to compensate for the decision fracturing American society by carrying out various functions aimed at achieving survival. In Tar Baby ecological concerns are intricately woven into the story of survival showing different modes of survival in the racist and capitalistic system. She foregrounds the issue of black, man-woman relationship and under its aegis she continues to explore the issue of survival as a complex socio-economic and psychological phenomenon under centuries long white dominance. The paper explores how black accept subordination to whites for their economic survival and is a further exploration of survival through assimilation. Very openly she has raised the issue of survival of Nature besides the issue of survival of black culture. The paper is an analysis of issue of survival clearly in the backdrop of the insurgence of various movements of the 1960's and 1970s. Tar Baby can be clearly read as a response of various species/groups who survive in the light of 'women's liberation', 'Black is Beautiful' and ecofeminism.

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Anu Sheokand, (2013). Struggle For Survival In Toni Morrison's Tar Baby. Indian Streams Research Journal, Vol. III, Issue. VIII, DOI : 10.9780/22307850,

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