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First published: May 1, 2024 - Last updated: May 1, 2024


Author: Roxana Khanom

Title: Exploring Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in Select Novels of Toni Morrison

Subtitle: -

Journal: BL College Journal

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Year: December 2023

Pages: 81-91

pISSN: 2664-228X - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 2710-3684 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Types: Rape; Representations: Literary Texts / Toni Morrison


Link: Government Brajalal College (Free Access)


Abstract: »Violence against African American females, young and old, is an irresistible concern in the novels of Toni Morrison. Her best fictional pieces, ‘The Bluest Eye’, ‘Beloved’, and ‘God Help the Child’ are the vibrant spotlight of domestic violence and child abuse in variegated natures. Toni Morrison has dealt profusely with all sorts of child maltreatment in her oeuvre.
In many of her narratives, Morrison weaves a tangled web of childhood trauma stories, in which all the characters have suffered some kind of abuse like racial discrimination, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, emotional and psychological abuse, molestation, sexual exploitation, verbal abuse, etc. She shows how the child’s exposure to traumatic experiences has far-reaching negative effects on adulthood, such as psychological, emotional, behavioral, and social. Morrison explores the curse of the past, the legacy of slavery and its aftermath, and its hold on the present, through the sociocultural phenomenon. Racism and intra-racial discrimination based on skin color result in childhood trauma. The sexual abuse of Pecola, the girl desiring the bluest eye by her drunken father has been very vividly picturized in the backdrop of racial conflict in ‘The Bluest Eye’. Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ fictionized the gruesome murder of an infant with a jigsaw by her mother, Sethe only to avoid escaping a slave. God Help the Child chronicled the ramifications of child abuse and neglect through the tale of Bride, a black girl with dark skin being born to light-skinned parents. Moreover, magic realism, socio-political aspects, and Toni Morrison’s lucid narratives provide ultra energy promoting her vivid message. « (Source: BL College Journal)

  Abstract (p. 81)
  Objectives of the Study (p. 82)
  Literature Review (p. 82)
  Methodology of the Study (p. 83)
  Introduction (p. 83)
  Analysis and Interpretation (p. 84)
  Silent Trauma Echoes in The Bluest Eye (p. 84
  Racial Aggression and Juvenile Mistreatment in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (p. 86)
  Family Strife and Child Maltreatment in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child (p. 88)
  Conclusion (p. 90)
  Works Cited (p. 91)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Literature: American literature / Toni Morrison, Beloved (novel), The Bluest Eye, God Help the Child | Sex and the law: Rape / Rape in the United States