Toni Morrison’s Hope for African American: A Psychoanalytic analysis of God Help the Child, A Story of Trauma

https://doi.org/10.32996/ijllt.2021.4.4.1

Authors

  • Jiaying Guo China West Normal University, China West Normal University, Huafeng street, Shunqing District, Nanchong city, Sichuan Province, China

Keywords:

God Help the Child; trauma; magical realism

Abstract

In God Help the Child, Morrison narrates a story of trauma with the strategy of magical realism, explaining how African American women survive in American and how they get along with folks, friends and lover in the face of race and patriarchy. Morrison also rests her hope on God Help the Child, where black values and African Americans do not concern their colour. This paper employs a descriptive research approach to study the trauma narrative and Morrison’s hope. We accompany childhood trauma for a lifelong time, and we must resolve to balance life and the traumatic experience. After the eventful years, Morrison has settled her sternness and indignation in her later years, and she turns to a relatively mild tone towards the racial problems. In short, she hopes the African American could forget the former racial trauma and open a new chapter of life.

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Published

2021-04-27

How to Cite

Guo, J. (2021). Toni Morrison’s Hope for African American: A Psychoanalytic analysis of God Help the Child, A Story of Trauma. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 4(4), 01-04. https://doi.org/10.32996/ijllt.2021.4.4.1