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Isolation and Seperation

Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison's Paradise is not only a story of the tragedies of an overlooked history, but the spiritual and physical powers within a community. However, Paradise is not a mere social justice statement; it serves, instead, a higher purpose. With the ...
Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison's Paradise is not only a story of the tragedies of an overlooked history, but the spiritual and physical powers within a community. However, Paradise is not a mere social justice statement; it serves, instead, a higher purpose. With the publication of this novel and several others, Morrison was able to actively engage the power of the individual voice and link together the cultural spheres that define it. Although religiously and spiritually powerful, one of the novel's primary focuses were themes of isolation, separation, and their operation within a social structure.

By dictionary definition, a paradise is "a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness." Perhaps such paradise does not exist in separation of one's own mind. A "paradise," after all, is made up of those who do not exist within it. Power successfully encapsulates the idea of achieving primal bliss in congruence with the idea of separation and isolation. However, most importantly, it raises the question: can good (idea of perfect paradise) exist without the influence of evil (human sin)? In tackling a social, moral movement, Morrison has gravely insinuated that perhaps, one reaches paradise only after one has accepted the fatality of collective sin separate from the individual's potential.

posted by LCordero on March 15, 2010

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Jesbes

I promise i domt wanna intrude or anything but can 1 of u post at party res 1 that i wont be on for a few days because my grandpa had a stroke and the doctors just took him off of life suport so ya...bye. (Or you could just say look at m post at cup of joe res 4)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    I was not ready.

    I bought this book years ago in my twenties and put it down because it appeared to be too complicated . But I found it now in my thirties and I find it brillant , I can't put it down

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

    Very Good Book!!!!!!!!!!!11

    before I read this book I heard it was not easy to understand, after reading it I realized why that was said. Allthough it was a bit confusing at time to remember who the characters were and kept up with the story. the stories where simply beautiful Mrs. Morrison outdone herself once again. If you take time to read this book you will not regret it. it is a great read, only thing..... How did the leadie,specialy Connie,ascape from the house?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2002

    Mavis or Grace/Gigi?

    This book is not my favorite of the five T.Morrison books i've read, thus far. It is less complicated than JAZZ, but infinitely more exciting and therefore, a fully entertaining read. Just one thing: Who was the white girl?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    an amazing thought provoking story

    i just finished reading the book and all i can say is that i am overwhelmed at the way this book was written. toni morrison does an amazing job off linking the characters of the story to form a bigger picture. however i think this book is best understood if read twice and i plan to reread it. it is not an easy read but it is a book that makes you think and because of that i love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    Bluest Eye is still the best!

    Wonderful book, but Toni has yet to top her classic Bluest Eye. I was fascinated by the way Pecola was depicted and my insight on abuse was broadened by that book. Other books that help you escape into another world are 'Masks of the Darkest American Game (about urban crime)' and 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (about child abuse)'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Paradise Lost

    The best opening sentence I have read. The prose at times is pure poetry. Reading this book takes concentration, though. It is like putting together a puzzle. At times I was unclear and confused about what piece I was looking at. Then the images would become clearer and the piece of the puzzle would fall into place. I enjoyed this book even though I was often confused about where I was in the story and who I was reading about.

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