Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Kathy Hickok

Abstract

Toni Morrison's novel _Paradise_ tells the story of a community unable to change and a group of women that learns to find empowerment in an oppressive patriarchal society in Ruby, Oklahoma. This literary analysis focuses on how physical bodies and material goods are valued by the dominating social system, but are shown as superficial and lacking without the complementing rewards of spiritual well-being and intuition. The women who learn from and teach each other in a converted mansion, known as the Convent, are enabled to combat violence with understanding to emerge from oppression into independence. Through learning and teaching, the Convent women change their lives and communities, showing the importance of continual learning and teaching in different communities within society.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-1509

Copyright Owner

Laura Elizabeth Vansickle

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-29

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

69 pages

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