Buddy Silk Analysis

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One of the most intriguing perspectives of segregation within Love occurs upon page #, as Cosey invites Sandler onto his boat, yet “[Sandler] has been surprised by the invitation, since Cosey usually shared his boat only with special guest, or most often, the sheriff, Buddy silk” (Morrison,). Since Cosey never allowed the working class into his kingdom, this scene unveils the racism that Cosey utilizes in order to preserve his high standing within the community. Furthermore, while Cosey has established a relationship with Sandler through inviting Sandler upon his boat, Cosey does so by presenting his invitation with great apprehension within the lines, “Cosey pursed his lips as though second-guessing his invitation, then turned his face away” …show more content…
Specifically, after a young girl blundered upon the beach in front of Cosey’s hotel and asked for ice cream, the patrons of the hotel tasted their ice cream with peaches until a smiling women came and said “Go away now. This is private” (Morrison,). This scene presents the reader with a somewhat grand expose into the totality of segregation within Silk. Though the community was predominately African-American, one wealthy individual had professed a portion of the community and instead of aiding the overall cummunial development of accomplishment, Cosey perpetuated the institution of segregation by turing the lower class of the community away from their own land and claiming the beach his resources. Furthermore, through an exploration of the lines “The one who had said ‘Go away’ smiled even more and the ice cream girl was her friend” (Morrison,), one could sense that the ice cream women was herself an African-American women. Therefore, Cosey has not only strengthened the convention of segregation, but his patrons are acting as tools to empose oppression upon the poorer divisions of society. The process of the little girl being turned away from the ice cream is a deviation within the system of segregation. For the first time in this novel, one could …show more content…
She hid legal documents and safety pins” (Morrison,). Through these pre-emptive measures May perceives the violence of the Civil-rights movement, but instead of protesting for equality she acts in reconciliation of self-preservation. Specifically, May begins to hide gadgets that could aid in her escape around the hotel, yet what is unclear is whom she fears shall crash through her door and destroy the past that she represents. What is clear is that May senses uneasiness within the hotel as the civil rights movement accumulates support within the south, but does nothing and explores routes of escape from the hate of the segregation within the lines, “sensing disorder when world of an Alabama boycott spread, May recognized one fortress—the hotel” (Morrison,). In essence, May seeks to conserve segregation, but can see the uneasiness within her own community, therefore she turns to Cosey’s hotel as the last bastion of segregation. Furthermore, pressures come to a head as the hotel guest begin to yell at May and threaten her “with the courtesy you’d give a stump”(Morrison,). Within this line, the reader can witness the beginnings of the commnity dismanteling oppression and restlessness for the class

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