Home Questions and Answers
by Toni Morrison

Start Your Free Trial

How does Toni Morrison’s Home challenge dominant historical narratives shaped by white supremacy, patriarchy, and/or militarized patriotism?

Expert Answers info

alicebeecher eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2019

write2 answers

starTop subjects are Social Sciences and Literature

Toni Morrison's Home explores how systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and the military displace and uproot the lives of everyday people seeking security and respite from violence. The novel, shifting between first- and third-person narration, centers on the character Frank Money, a Korean War veteran struggling to assimilate back to life in the US after returning home from war. His struggles with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder reflect the disassociation and unease that impacts so many US war veterans, a theme that complicates and challenges the offers of nationalism and patriotic pride promised by the military to so many young recruits. Morrison repeats this theme of dislocation from the promises of the (white) American Dream throughout her novel, using displacement from home/the land as a metonym for the disenfranchisement of black people in American society.

Frank's family is initially forced to relocate from Bandera County, Texas, to Lotus, Georgia, because of racist...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 702 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

accessteacher eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write13,728 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial