How Are Women Portrayed in A Mercy?

Women are like the very important pieces of the puzzle; without them, the puzzle won’t be complete. I am not saying this because I am a girl. I am saying this because it is true. For example, women can get pregnant and without them, there would be no one living on the planet.

In my last post, we talked about the archetypes in Toni Morrison’s novel, A Mercy. In this post, let’s look at the feminism components in the novel. However, I am going to spice-it-up a little bit and put in an interesting presentation, which is better than reading complicated sentences and long paragraphs.


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In the novel, women are portrayed in many different ways: as inferior, useless, skillful, and vulnerable. But no matter the way they are treated, the women are still fighting strong and do whatever it takes to survive. They give themselves up for their masters and please them in any way, while in return, they get food and shelter for themselves and their children.

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Black Slaves Standing Outside Their House



Works Cited

Brizee, Allen, Case Tompkins, Libby Chernouski, and Elizabeth Boyle. “Feminist Criticism (1960s-Present).” Purdue Online Writing Lab. N.p., 21 Apr. 2010. Web. 19 July 2017. <;.

Cavanaugh, Jillian. “Performativity.” Oxford Bibliographies. N.p., 10 Mar. 2015. Web. 19 July 2017. <;.

“Essentialism.” N.p., n.d. Web. 19 July 2017. <;.

Knopf. “A Mercy.” Goodreads. N.p., 11 November 2008. Web. 19 July 2017.<;

“Patriarchy.” N.p., n.d. Web. 19 July 2017. <;.

Smyth, Gillian. “A “Feminist” Approach to A Mercy.” Ezine Article. N.p., 22 May 2009. Web. 19 July 2017.

“Toni Morrison.” Biography. N.p., 27 Apr. 2017. Web. <;.

“What is Social Constructivism.” IGI Global. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 July 2017. <;.


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