Emotions In Toni Morrison's God Helps The Child

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One of an author's objectives while writing a creative piece of literature is to connect with the reader's emotions and make them feel something for the characters. Toni Morrison is no exception to this, and she does phenomenally in her most recent novel God Help the Child. There are several elements to this book that makes a person feel bad for the characters as the story progress. Characters, like Bride and Booker, have experienced such traumatic childhoods that had affected the outcome of their entire life and the reader is supposed to feel that sympathy for them. I, the reader in this case, was especially moved by this novel, specifically, as the plot was compelling and, more than her other novels, easy to follow and understand. The plot …show more content…
So you can't blame me," (). The reader later figures out that this mother's nickname is Sweetness. She is an African American woman, who just gave birth to her new daughter, who's name is Lula Ann, and eventually shortened to Bride as a nickname. There is something wrong in this scene, however, Sweetness and her husband are both light skinned African Americans and Bride is, as they described her, "Midnight black," (). From this point forward is where the sadness and guilt insues. Her mother, for a brief moment, considered murdering her own child by smothering her with a pillow whilst still inside the hospital. The husband accuses Sweetness of cheating on him, as there is no doubt in his mind that the child would turn out to be that color. He leaves her, and the mother is left alone to fend for her child, except she does this in a unusually cruel way that she herself thought was lawful. She wanted to have no indication of being her mother, so much so that she forbid it. Instead, Sweetness is the name she is to be called by …show more content…
She has her own brand of cosmetics called "YOU, GIRL," () which seems to stem off of her beauty. She has adapted to her looks striking well, all with some simple fashion advice. At this point, it is almost as if she has no problems within her life, and nothing psychological has happened to her from the neglectful life. Progressing on, Bride, for some unexplained reason, goes and sees a recently released convict named Sofia. At first, there is a mystery that surrounds this character, and a bigger mystery as to why Bride wants to see her. Bride had intentions of giving Sofia five thousand dollars cash and plane tickets to escape from the life she is currently living, which currently is in

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