DOI: https://doi.org/10.9744/kata.2.2.60-64

RECONSTRUCTING WOMANHOOD IN TONY MORRISON'S BELOVED

Setefanus Suprajitno

Abstract


Tony Morrison's fifth novel, Beloved (1987), explores the degradation of slavery imposed upon slaves, even when they were owned by a "humane" slave master. The novel is set in the Reconstruction period, the period after the American civil war. The word reconstruction may be used for the Afro-Americans, especially for the Afro-American women who face double discrimination for being black and women. In dealing with women's oppression, Afro-American women have to reconstruct themselves as an act of survival, and to be aware of the horrors of the experiences which their ancestors had to go through.

Keywords


reconstruction, womanhood, Toni Morrison, Beloved, Arfo-Amerivan.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.9744/kata.2.2.60-64



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