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One helpful way of analysing this book would be through thinking about how the text represents slavery and freedom. Morrison presents us with a range of characters who are ostensibly servants in the Vaark household, and each of them enjoys differing extents of freedom and slavery. For example, Sorrow, because of her "mongrelized" status, is a character who nobody considers to be black. However, she is still a servant who can be sold and who does not receive a wage. Florens is...

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