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How is syntax used in "Beloved"?

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lilyherrera09 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 20, 2008 at 2:29 AM via web

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How is syntax used in "Beloved"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 20, 2008 at 6:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Toni Morrison uses language to express the culture of the black community.

"In Beloved, Morrison makes use of idiom to help re-create the sense of a specific community, that of African Americans in Reconstruction Ohio. When the characters use words like "ain't" and "reckon" and phrases like "sit down a spell," it helps place their characters within that community."

"One particularly interesting example of this idiom is the way in which it describes people of different races. In compound words such as "whitegirl," "blackman," and "coloredpeople," a person's race is actually part of the word that describes them."

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