Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Cheryl Higashida

Abstract

I entered into this academic endeavor with the intention of exploring the multiple representations of love within Toni Morrison’s works. With a through reading of a significant number of her novels, I noticed that many of her characters, particularly mothers, chose to display their love for others through violent actions, a repetitive correlation wrought with tragic Greek undertones. Exploring both of these sources, yet another parallel unfolded when examining the healing power of the community in repairing various wounds inflicted through harmful maternal interactions. With these findings, I was able to explore how the communities within both Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Beloved relate to the ancient Greek concept of the polis and its ability to heal through initiation and acceptance.

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