Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif”

by | Apr 10, 2022 | Literature

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Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif”
COLLAPSE
Answer two or more of the following questions:
1. At the end of “Recitative,” how do Twyla’s and Roberta’s explorations of the “truth” of what they had seen at St Bonny’s many years earlier affect a reader’s sense of the “truth” of later episodes in the story? Is either Twyla or Roberta more reliable than the other? Explain how and why.
2. At what point in the story do you first begin to make assumptions about the race and social class of the two main characters, Twyla and Roberta? Why? Do you change your mind later in the story? When and why so–or not?
3. What is the significance of Morrison’s choice to both withhold information about the characters’ race and class to have Twyla narrate the story
4. How does the relationship between Twyla and Roberta evolve over the course of the story?
5. Various historical and cultural references help to date the events of the story. What references do you find, how do they date the years or decades in which they occur, and why are they significant?

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