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Title: Jazz

  • Author Toni Morrison
  • By Chelsea O. Jane Z. Whitley J. Jasmine W.

Do Now What are your first thoughts when you
hear the word Jazz?

Toni Morrison
  • Born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Lorain, Ohio
    1931-Great Depression
  • Nickname is Toni and Morrison is her ex husbands
  • Lived with her grandparents sharecroppers.
  • In 1910 they left Alabama and moved North in
    hopes of a better life.
  • 1949 - Morrison enrolled in Howard University to
    study English.
  • Morrison received a B.A. in English from Howard
    in 1953, then earned a Masters degree in English,
    from Cornell University in 1955.
  • 1958 - she married Harold Morrison. They had two
    children, Harold and Slade, and divorced in 1964.
  • She wrote her first novel at the age of 30 and
    has completed 6 novels and a collection of essays
    and lectures.
  • Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for
    Beloved and the Nobel Prize for Literature in
  • She is the FIRST African American to win the
    Nobel Prize, first woman to win in 55 years and
    eighth woman to win since the Nobel Prize was
  • Throughout her life she was a teacher, a textbook
    editor and an editor.
  • Her writing targets the African American
    community and the hardships they face. She uses
    vivid dialogue and powerful characters to get
    across her dynamic themes.

Dramatic Reading
  • Killing people. Alice sucked her teeth. Makes
    me sick to my stomach. She poured the tea, then
    lifting the cup and saucer, held it back while
    she looked at Violet.
  • If you had found out about them before he killed
    her, would you have?
  • Alice handed her the tea. I dont understand
    women like you. Women with knives. She snatched
    up a long-sleeved blouse and smoothed it over the
    ironing board.
  • I wasnt born with a knife.
  • No, but you picked one up.
  • You never did? Violet blew ripples into the
  • No, I never did. Even when my husband ran off I
    never did that. And you. You didnt even have a
    worthy enemy. Somebody worth killing. You picked
    up the knife to insult a dead girl.
  • But thats better aint it? The harm was already
  • She wasnt the enemy.
  • Oh, yes she is. Shes my enemy. Then, when I
    didnt know it, and now too.
  • Why? Because she was young and pretty and took
    your husband away from you?
  • Violet sipped her tea and did not answer. After a
    long silence, and after their talk had turned to
    trifles then on to the narrowness of life, Violet
    said to Alice Manfred, Wouldnt you? Wouldnt
    you fight for your man?
  • Seeded in childhood, watered every day since,
    fear had sprouted through her veins all her life.
    Thinking war thoughts it had gathered, blossomed
    into another thing. Now, as she looked at this
    woman, Alice heard her question like the pop of a
    toy gun.

  • The customer flinched and the skin discolored
    right away. Violet moaned her apologies and the
    woman was satisfied until she discovered that the
    whole curl was singed clean off. Skin healed, but
    an empty spot in her hairlineViolet had to forgo
    payment to shut her up. pg 108
  • Reader is able to create a vivid image of whats
    happening in the scene.
  • We understand both characters points of views.
  • We are given many facts of an unimportant
    character in such a small passage.

  • The walls were white with silver and turquoise
    draperies at the window. The furniture fabric was
    turquoise too. And the throw rugs the hostess
    rolled up and put in the spare bedroom were
    white. pg 215
  • Morrison obviously explains the characters
  • Her descriptions use every thing possible.

  • Women answers Violet. Woman wore me down. No
    man ever wore me down to nothing. Its these
    little hungry girls acting like women. Not
    content with boys their own age, no, they want
    somebody old enough to be their father. Switching
    round with lipstick, see-through stockings
    dresses up to their you know what pg.16
  • Morrison emphasizes the girls ages by calling
    them hungry
  • She puts in descriptions that show the contrast
    between a girl and a woman.
  • Woman use lipstick and see through stockings etc.
    Girls stick to little boys their own age.
  • Her diction shows the anger in Violets words. We
    can tell shes looking down on Dorcass actions.

  • I chose you. Nobody gave you to me. Nobody said
    thats the one for you. I picked you out. Wrong
    time, yep, and doing wrong by my wife. But the
    picking out, choosing. Dont ever think I fell
    for you, or fell over you. I didnt fall in love,
    I rose to it. I saw you and made up my mind. My
  • Pg. 135
  • Morrisons language in this dialogue allows the
    reader to feel the coldness of this quote.
  • Its something someone would say in real life.
  • It makes the story all the more real because we
    can visualize the character actually saying it

  • When I look over strips of green grass lining
    the river, at church steepless and into the cream
    and copper halls of apartment buildings, Im
    strong. Alone, yes, but top notch and
    indestructible like the City in 1926 when all
    the wars are over and there will never be another
    one. The people down there in the shadow are
    happy about that. At last, at last, everythings
    ahead. The smart ones say so and people listening
    to them and reading what they write down agree
    Here comes the new. Look out. There goes the sad
    stuff. The bad stuff. The things-nobody-could
    help stuff. The way everybody was then and there.
    Forget that.
  • Morrison sets a tone in this passage based on the
    structure of her sentences.
  • She is best known for her sentence variety.
  • Has a mix of run on, short, long, medium
    sentences and unique sentence beginnings.

  • Alice waited this time, in the month of March,
    for the woman with the knife. The woman people
    called Violent now because she had tried to kill
    what lay in a coffin. She had left notes under
    Alices door everyday beginning in January a
    week after the funeral and Alice Manfred knew
    the kind of Negro that couple was the kind she
    trained Dorcas away from. The embarrassing kind.
    More than unappealing, they were dangerous. The
    husband shot the wife stabbed. Nothing. Nothing
    her niece did or tried could equal the violence
    done to her. And where there was violence wasnt
    there also vice? Gambling. Cursing. A terrible
    and nasty closeness. Red dresses. Yellow shoes.
    And, of course, race music to urge them on. Pg.79
  • Morrison uses dashes to indicate a change in
    narration of the story .
  • Her chapters are split by one blank sheet and the
    sentence from the chapter before is continued.
  • Her sentence structure changes constantly. She
    uses long sentences, short sentences, etc.

  • When looking at DIDLSS for Morrison pay most
    attention to her language and use of shifts.
  • Her characters and story lines are mostly based
    on African Americans.
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