Analyze a character from Toni Morrison's novel, "A Mercy," who demonstrates that though he is a slave, he is freer than any other "free" man.

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Florens, the book's main character, is a good example of personal autonomy, or independence. In "A Mercy ," Morrison demonstrates the power of literacy, especially during a period in history when the ability to read was uncommon except among the clergy and the high-born. Her ability to read and...

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Florens, the book's main character, is a good example of personal autonomy, or independence. In "A Mercy," Morrison demonstrates the power of literacy, especially during a period in history when the ability to read was uncommon except among the clergy and the high-born. Her ability to read and right is a thing no man can take from Florens. Even her free-born lover the Blacksmith lack the talent to read the story she means to tell him through her writing. At one point, Florens rejects the freedom some men and women have when she reflects on how being free sometimes seems like the same thing as being lonely; and she doesn't like being lonely at all.

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