• March 16th, 2016

Paradise by Toni Morrison

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Write a short essay (750 words) in which you respond to one (1) of the following questions. Be sure to support your analysis with documented references to the text of Paradise. 1. Paradise opens as follows: “They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time. No need to hurry out there. They are seventeen miles from a town which has ninety miles between it and any other….” (3) Who is the white girl? Are you certain? Briefly explain your choice. 2. In Karen Omry’s “Literary Free Jazz? Mumbo Jumbo and Paradise: Language and Meaning,” she references Toni Morrison’s re-membering or re-memory, and defines it as “a recollection as well as an embodiment of the past as the primary means for resolution” (127). Recollection and reconsideration are then used as tools to understand, interpret, and draw meaning from the past. Explain the concept of re-memory as it evolves in Toni Morrison’s trilogy: Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise. 3.Define Patricia Best’s Eight-Rock Theory, and explain its relationship to the town of Ruby, Oklahoma and to the novel Paradise.

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