ideniy in Morrison Beloved

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Abstract What is your name? Where are you from? What is your occupation? Who am I? And…. The answer defines you as an individual who lives in a community. Yes we identify ourselves base on our individual and collective identity, which comes from past. Toni Morrison’s Beloved is the construction of ones identity. The novel depicts the lives of several ex-slaves and exposes the oppression and devastating consequences slavery had, and continues to have, on their lives. Once free, the slaves attempt to reclaim their individual identities and collective humanity, but the effects of slavery still haunt them, preventing them from being able to live in and enjoy the present or think about the future. Morrison states, “Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” (111). The novel illustrates the characters’ struggle to obtain a true sense of self, a process that can only be successful if done both individually and on a collective level. Morrison shows that ones identity is crucial to her success and happiness in life and a person can only identify herself as a separate entity through both individual and collective effort. I have chosen this research because the subject identity was my obsession just like any other person, so I employed Morrison’s Beloved as an excuse to fulfill my desire, Because this novel is an internal man traveling for more self-understanding. Key Words: Individual identity, Collective identity, Ownership, Slavery Josef Mousavi Mr. Zohreavandi Research 3 May 2009 Identity in” beloved” General background Toni Morrison, born in 1931, American writer, whose works deal with the black experience and celebrate the black community. Morrison’s work features mythic elements, sharp observation, compassion, and poetic language and is often concerned with the relationship between the individual and
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