Jazz

Jazz : Essay & Questions

1. Where is Harlem and what was notable about it during the time period of the novel?   Harlem is a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, that has long been a residential, business, and cultural center for African Americans. Harlem is located between the Hudson River and the East River, with its northernmost point …

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Jazz : Biography

Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, the second of four children born to George Wofford (a shipyard welder), and Ramah Willis Wofford. Morrison’s academic ability showed early. When she was in the first grade she was the only black child in the class and the only one …

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Jazz : Top Ten Quotes

“It was like watching an old street pigeon pecking the crust of a sardine sandwich the cats left behind.” p. 6 When Violet tries to find out everything about Dorcas, following the young woman’s death, she tries to imitate the way Dorcas danced, but the result produces only disgust in those who witness it. “Hospitality is …

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Jazz: Theme Analysis

Racism    The story covers the lives of African Americans over a period of more than fifty years, some of those years being in the South, so it is not surprising that racism, is present as an underlying theme throughout. Racism in part causes Colonel Wordsworth Gray to disown his daughter when she becomes pregnant …

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Jazz: Metaphor Analysis

Music   As the title suggests, jazz is important for the novel, in more ways than one. First, jazz is African American music that was created in the South and by the 1920s had become extremely popular in African American communities such as Harlem. Jazz is ever-present in the Harlem that is presented in the …

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Jazz : Character Profiles

Acton Acton is the young man Dorcas starts seeing after she breaks off her affair with Joe. Acton is attractive to women, so Dorcas enjoys the fact that she rather than any of the other girls, has him. Acton treats her very differently from the way Joe did. He never buys her gifts and tends …

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Jazz : Novel Summary:chapter 6-7

Chapter 6   This chapter returns to the story of True Belle, Violet’s grandmother, who returned from Baltimore in 1888 to Vesper County, Virginia, to look after her daughter Rose Dear and grandchildren, aged between four and fourteen. Violet was twelve. The family had lost their home and were living in an abandoned shack. Rose …

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Jazz : Novel Summary:chapter4-5

Chapter 4   After leaving Alice’s apartment, Violet goes to a drugstore where she drinks a malted milkshake through a straw and wonders about herself. She seems to be two people, one of whom is sedate but the other is angry, aggressive, and potentially violent. She refers to this aspect of herself as “that Violet.” …

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