On Trying to Fly: Remembering Toni Morrison

This year, we lost a wonderful and inspiring creator with the death of Toni Morrison on August 5th. If a room full of critics or a shelf of scholarly reviews can’t summarize Toni Morrison’s greatness, then a single article will of course struggle to do her justice. But my reverence and admiration for such a powerful literary presence compels me to offer my personal encounter with Morrison and her work.

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Maidens, Mistresses, Mothers, and More: Archetypes in The Epic of Gilgamesh

In ye olden times, we had real women.  Women with long flowing hair who were properly grateful to be protected and provided for.  These women knew feminine strength was their inherently emotional disposition, which is why they always make such caring mothers—it’s in their nature!  Yes, back at the beginning, there were no frivolities like gender politics.  Everybody lived as they were born: according to the great Freud, their “anatomy” was their “destiny.”

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