Morrison develops the emergence of American Literature as the creation of a new world born out of resentment for an “Old World reality.” Yet, she mentions that in the process of fleeing from the Old World, impulses “learned and elaborated in the rejected and rejecting homeland” were recycled into national tradition (210). I find it interesting that in the endeavor to escape the cruelties of Europe and the past, these founding writers were still left, as Morrison asserts, “haunted.” It seems as if some experiences are inescapable. Morrison writes that prominent ideas in the cannon of Romance, being outcast and the possibility of suffering that follows freedom of choice, held “historical forces.” These thinkers were desperate to reconstruct a new society, to remove the fear, otherness, and ostracism that had been placed on them in the Old World. The only way to exile these experiences that plague generations was to create the African savage. Throughout her piece, Morrison conveyed that even the creation of a new world cannot circumvent otherness and fear.
(Morrison, Locke, Spivak)
- Is power the ability to control yourself or others?
- Is social ostracism innate?
- How do we balance learning from the past with creating a proactive future?