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    The Power of the Artist: Salinger and Morrison

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    A 4 page paper which examines a quote from Alice Walker, concerning the power of the artist, as it relates to J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” No additional sources cited.

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    us happy, made us feel empathy for anyone in trouble, made us think" (To Hell With Dying). This is the gift of many artists, including authors, who are able to  present readers, viewers, listeners, with images that they can relate to and fell sympathy and empathy for. In doing so we find ourselves, in the case of literature, feeling for  the character who is perhaps suffering. With that in mind the following paper examines two novels, "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. The paper  examines whether or not this quote of Walkers applies to the novels or characters. Beloved The primary character in Toni Morrisons novel is one who experiences incredible suffering,  coming from a past of enslavement and perhaps always stuck in that mentality of enslavement. For the most part people will read the story and see that it is perhaps  one wherein all of the characters are working towards a life that can put enslavement behind them as they try to find some happiness and freedom. But, upon closer examination  it is a story that, in many ways, illustrates that such enslavement will always be with these characters. Slavery is a reality they will never truly escape. In the  beginning, as we see the characters in a somewhat present condition, a condition wherein the women are not slaves, we also see that the past, which involves at least Sethes  enslavement, is very real and part of who she is as she tries to come to terms with her life. We are given these first perspectives and we assume that  she is merely a free woman now. But, that freedom is not necessarily real for her past is part of who she is and part of the society that controls 

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