Hatred in Toni Morrioson's "Love"

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Darren Smith Growing up in America Eng240 What is Love? An in-depth analysis of hatred portrayed in “Love” By Toni Morrison What is love? Love is one of the most complex anomalies that exist in our world today. One might say that he or she has love down pat. That he or she knows what love is and where one can find it. I would say he might have an idea, but love being as complex as it is it’s impossible for any one man or woman to have a complete understanding of the notion. What is this thing called love that cannot stand alone, but depends on modifiers and conjunctions to complete it, to give it heft and meaning? There is “brotherly” love, “platonic” love, “puppy” love, “courtly” love, and of course, that most vexing, confounding, ever-elusive “romantic” love. It is these aspects that make love as confusing as it is, and these aspects also draw people to the concept of love. But this novel isn’t about love, this novel focuses on hatred, an emotion that typically follows love in all forms, especially seen through Christine and Heed, who loved Cosey so much that it turned into pure hatred . Set in a southern town along the East Coast, Love revolves around Bill Cosey, who is a proud owner of some hotel. As the novel opens, the reader is told that the dead protagonist Cosey is survived by the feuding Christine, his granddaughter, and Heed, his second wife. In such a claustrophobic world arrives Junior, a young woman who readily becomes a secretary to Heed and from then on exploits every opportunity to drive a wedge between Heed and Christian to further her own designs. Paradoxically, Junior acts as an arbiter on the solemn hatred that exists between Heed and Christine. Christine and Heed didn’t always hate each other. At one point they were best friends, introducing that aspect of “platonic” or even “familial” love, but when Bill Cosey takes the 11 year old

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