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Subversion, Perversion and the Aesthetics of Eroticism In The Bluest Eye, Beloved and Song of Soloman of Toni Morrison

J.P. Aggarwal
Lovely Professional University, Punjab

Special Issue, Volume 8, Number 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v8n2.11


Abstract

The novels of Toni Morrison depict her tirade against the forces of white hegemony; she has raised a cry of Black women in America.  The Bluest Eye, Beloved and Song of Soloman use the tools of subversion, perversion and eroticism to depict the traumatic experiences of the Black women protagonists. Toni Morrison’s main concern is to tell the world how the Blacks are dehumanized. Her novels depict the cancerous virus of hatred and racial antagonism and gender discrimination. She uses grotesque, magic, the gruesome and elements of folk tale to depict the psychological depression and mental disorder of her women protagonists. Her novel The Bluest Eye presents Pauline Breedlove, Beloved depicts the traumatic life of Sethe who kills her own daughter in pervert desperation. The erotic and sexual scenes in all these novels are subversive in nature and Morrison infuses positive elements into erotic and sexual actions of the Black stereotypes alluding to the primitive slavish history. In Song of Soloman, Pilate Dead has the elements of grotesque and his bizarre vision helps to dig out the perversion in the Black protagonists who grow violent; destructive and depressed. The present research paper digs out the dilemmas and absurdities of the Blacks who are caught in the trap of perverse behavior and erotic sensibility.

Keywords: Dilemmas, Eroticism, Sexuality, Perversion, absurdities, Racial, Consciousness, Excavation

 

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