These are not hands that are used to doing any physical work. The women also drop a bottle of suntan oil that the man sees. We would be safe in concluding that this man is going to be important for the story, but more details will have to wait until the author chooses to explain them. As Jadine and Son come together, their affair ruptures the illusions and self-deceptions that held together the world and relationships at the estate.
They travel back to the U. The struggle of Jadine and Son reveals the pain, struggle, and compromises confronting Black Americans seeking to live and love with integrity in the United States.
When Morrison was getting her masters, she studied a lot of Faulkner and Woolf, and her experience with their stream-of-consciousness, multi-perspective narratives affected her own writing greatly.
As African Americans were fighting to end segregation and violence against them, they were also working to equalize their economic opportunities and potential. The Childs' are very proud of their positions in the Street house-they are industrious and hardworking. The Dominique blacks are to them "swamp women" or "horsemen"--depersonalized figures.
But as Judylyn Ryan points out, "Both the superordinate and the subordinate exercise this prerogative of naming" A contention also exists between Ondine and the white lady of the house, Margaret, whom Ondine has dubbed "Principal Beauty of Maine. The white people of the house feel superior, and later threatened by, the blacks.
Margaret is a prejudiced white woman, a veritable stereotype. She has argued that "Ondine if not all colored people was just as good as they were," but "she didn't believe it" When Son is discovered in her bedroom closet she goes into near hysterics. Margaret feels no compunction at calling or thinking of Son as a "nigger in the woodpile", a "gorilla", or a "boy. It is not surprising and that says much about the society that the white lady of the house should feel prejudice toward a black man found in her closet.
What is fascinating, however, is Morrison's depiction of how Sydney and Ondine react to the man, revealing their own prejudices. Sydney is ready to shoot Son where he stands, suspecting him of being a thief, killer, or a "wife-raper" Ondine, who at various times calls Son "that thieving Negro" 89 , "the jailbird" , "a swamp nigger" and "no-count Negro" , feels that the "man upstairs wasn't a Negro-meaning one of them.
He was a stranger" Thus when she calls him "nigger" she does not mean the term in a familiar, inclusive way. Jadine's reaction to Son is the most revealing-she is the "racial traitor. LaVallee writes: "Central to the race traitor idea is the disassociation from and racist perspective on the traitor's race of ethnic group.
In her room she assumes that Son wants to rape her: "You rape me and they'll feed you to the alligators. Count on it, nigger. You good as dead right now. Why you little white girls always think somebody's trying to rape you?
Then why don't you settle down and stop acting like it.But although she is black, she has succeeded in the white European world and does not identify with her blackness. Given the atrocities in Afro- American history, to return to one's "roots" has the psychic resonance of returning to a subjugated position. He attempts "to breathe into her the smell of tar and its shiny consistency" The white people of the house feel superior, and later threatened by, the blacks. Hard, I'm telling you.
Jadine, who alternately calls herself Jade, appreciates Picasso over Itumba masks, "Ave Maria" over gospel music. Jadine starts on the path toward being "unorphaned" in her relationship with Son. When she first sees Son she sees him in stereotypical terms, as the black man who has come to rape, steal or murder. Sydney is ready to shoot Son where he stands, suspecting him of being a thief, killer, or a "wife-raper" The night women were not merely against her and her alone-not him , not merely looking superior over their sagging breasts and folded stomachs, they seemed somehow in agreement with each other about her, and were all out to get her, tie her, bind her.
He sees clearly that Jadine has been molded in effect by a foreign culture. She sees blackness only in terms of old stereotypes of the way black people supposedly are. One thing should be noted, however, because it will later become important. Analysis There is an element of mystery in the beginning of the novel. Son refuses to be in debt to "one of the killers of the world" Grab the person she had worked hard to become and choke it off with their soft loose tits.
For me, the tar baby came to mean the black woman who can hold things together.
Instead of calling the police, though, Valerian decides to annoy his wife and his servants by inviting Son to stay in his guest room. All Rights Reserved. Jadine, on the other hand, wants to rescue Son from what she perceives to be his "white-folks-black-folks primitivism" Though one is lost to history, the other can carry the heritage. They have spent their entire lives serving Valerian and have never gotten anywhere near the guest room, but now Valerian is offering the room to someone who broke into the house. Badt During a final confrontation Jadine feels she is fighting not Son but the night women who had seduced him.