Love And Love In Toni Morrison's Love

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Toni Morrison 's novel, Love provides insight from the characters and the costumers that surround the death of the late Bill Cosey throughout his life. They are all affected by this charismatic hotel owner who caters only to African Americans. Morrison 's non- linear style goes back and forth dividing the plots among different time periods throughout this story. Inside the famous Cosey Hotel and Resort, history and cultural heritage of African Americans are analyzed from the “characters displaced from home, orphaned, and abandoned, and even Cosey himself, like others remains scarred by American culture” (Schreiber) while coating all actions of love, hate, power, and sex. The characters past from their youth years reflects damaging choices they …show more content…
Love and hate are shown by these woman 's connections, affection, or dependance in Bill Cosey. In each chapter, there is misunderstandings brewing in Bill Cosey 's immediate family, and the misunderstanding of how the past can be detrimental to a young child. Reading farther into the book readers get to understand how Bill Cosey became this man that has money and to have a “well-known establishment”. A honest white man had to “down grade” and betray his culture in selling the “white only” establishment to a black man. This is how Cosey became to have this establishment. The man swore he would not get into business with an African American and is proud to break his vow. For example, Patricia McKee describes how “Morrison 's black American cultures struggle to claim the spaces of their existence, their culture, and their history that whites have seen as empty.”(Schreiber) African Americans owning a business on the same playing field as whites is a difficult situation for whites to accept and understand because the way they see blacks as unimportant. Unimportant as in not worth knowing and incapable of civilization. This just shows the struggles that blacks go through to become something. “One of Toni …show more content…
In a culture where whiteness is the norm, black identity is marginalized, and the nuances of this marginalization suggest a range of trauma associated with black experience.”(Schreiber) African American 's go through hard and difficult situations in society and still try to establish an identity which Morrison shows in her novels. Morrison grew up in an integrated neighborhood, so when it comes to expressing racial division it comes easily and natural. In the novel, Morrison shows experiences from the black community with a child like Junior being on her own or lying to get a job and other struggles. These life experiences are traumatic to people and make them stronger to get what they need. These women share the same story “about dragon daddies and false hearted men, or mean mamas and friends who did them wrong. Each story […] so they open their legs rather than their hearts where that folded child is tucked.”(Morrison 4-5) Every person who surrounds these characters were bad influences who did not care of no ones well being, so using their body is what these woman had to do to get what they needed in life to survive. Sexuality is what gets these woman where they need to be at any given time in life, where they

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