Vol. 2, Issue 1 (2016)
Love as morbidity in Morrison’s love
Author(s): Dr. Deepti Dharmani, Payal Malik
Abstract: Love, which is very important for everybody to live fully, has almost lost its existence in the life of black people. Smitten with longtime struggle for emancipation from slavery and oppression, the context is hardly available in their lives. Moreover, popular culture has also been depicting blacks and their instincts in distorted ways using stereotypical terms. According to these, for blacks, love, passions and emotions are wholly subject to sexual propensities. Toni Morrison’s eighth novel’s title, however, seems to suggest an overt discussion of the word love as the novel is also named so but there is complete absence of this very emotion and whatever it portrays, it reflects only morbidity and treachery on love. Chiefly this novel presents the entangled feelings of love and betrayal between two African-American female friends related to a powerful patriarch Bill Cosey. This paper aims to explore the problematics of man-woman relationship that can even supersede staunch female friendship. In doing so it also focuses upon the negative impact of loveless relationship between children and parents. Despite living a large part of their life in the realm of revenge and hatred, the act of love at last enables Heed and Christine to realize their mutual bonding and retrieve their strong love.