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On page 6, one of the unnamed characters walking through the convent states that an oven once stood in the center of the town of Haven. The people of Haven loved the oven so much that when they...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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One primary theme is the dichotomy between innocence and sin. This is hinted at by the title of the novel, as "Paradise," in the Christian tradition, is generally a place one can access after death...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019, 7:47 am (UTC)

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In Paradise by Toni Morrison, nine black families set out to create a utopia for black people tired of the persistent exclusion from American society due to the color of their skin. These families...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 5:13 am (UTC)

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Paradise represents what the author herself considers the third and final novel in a trilogy of books that collectively detail a history of African American experiences (the other two books are the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020, 6:47 pm (UTC)

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Why doesn’t K. D. (Kentucky Derby) Morgan has to marry Arnette after he gets her pregnant? We think you might have answered your question. Let's look at how you worded your question. You used the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of the novel nine unnamed men from the town of Ruby break into the Covent in order to shoot all the women inside. They have set up their town of Ruby as a place of religious purity...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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The main reason the men of Ruby make scapegoats of the women in the convent is that they simply fear what they do not understand. Throughout time humans have feared what they have not understood,...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2007, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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That does add some more food for thought:)

Latest answer posted December 17, 2009, 4:58 am (UTC)

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Reverend Misner is young compared to many of the authority figures in the town, and as such some people don't fully trust him. Despite the authority and respect conferred on him by his office,...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012, 2:00 am (UTC)

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Toni Morrison’s Paradise is a book that examines the intersection between gender and racial identity. Even though all of the residents of the town of Ruby are Black, the way racism and racist...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2020, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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The novel explores sanity and insanity as being products of society and whether or not people fit into society and are able to express themselves or not within the somewhat narrow confines of...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2013, 8:52 am (UTC)

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Toni Morrison’s novel shows the contradictions in black people’s efforts to follow distinctive paths in the face of cultural and social opposition based on race, skin color, and class. The author...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020, 6:46 pm (UTC)

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We learn somewhat of the history of the Covent on page 223. It starts in India where a group of Catholic nuns called the Sisters Devoted to Indian and Coloured People are working as missionaries....

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020, 11:50 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of the novel, at what is called the Convent, the men pass a calendar from 1968. The town of Ruby was founded in 1950. If the novel takes place in 1968, the town is 18 years old....

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Over the years, the Convent has opened its doors to a large number of women. For the most part, these are society's waifs and strays, troubled women with serious problems in their lives. This gives...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2020, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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This is an interesting question! I will discuss some of the ways Morrison deals with reality, but please note that there are many ways one could approach this question. Morrison uses magic realism...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2020, 4:36 pm (UTC)

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One of the outstanding themes in this novel is the interconnectedness of human beings. The novel consists of many interwoven plots that weave in and out of each other as the story progresses. This...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2008, 2:33 am (UTC)

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Racism is born out of fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of not having power. When the people of Ruby feel that their shared existence is threatened, and in their desperation to find some kind of...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2007, 10:51 am (UTC)

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The most obvious connection between Haven and Ruby is that they are both all-black communities. At a time when racial prejudice and segregation was the norm, it made sense to some sections of the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020, 4:09 pm (UTC)

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