Date of Award
Master of Arts
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.
Laura Elizabeth Vansickle
Vansickle, Laura Elizabeth, "Female teaching and learning in Morrison's _Paradise_" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 10598.