There are more female characters in the mercy of Tony Morrison, both slaves and whites who are misunderstood or under the status of most people. The first character we present to Florens, a young slave girl who heads for her mother and younger siblings, and then goes to Jacob, an English-Dutch merchant. Since the beginning, the young girl is not considered self-employed by her first owner, So sorry for a simple "why, of course I" I will send it to you immediately (26). You did not bother or shake the fact that you lose your seemingly healthy slave because it is a female and therefore not as much appreciated as the male slaves who are automatically stronger, smarter, and able to perform tasks. This story highlights the audience at a very early stage, showing the audience that this is the reality and the women really did not say their fate.
The story is too bad in the past The smith, who was not only in sexual intercourse but deep in love. When we send her to get the blacksmith to get her lover, she leaves a small boy. When he returns, he finds that the young boy is injured and blames Florens immediately, as he writes, "Your hand is at the back of your face … There are not so many fingers to touch where you have hurt." Although Florens is a part of his life for a long time , Immediately dismisses him when he finds that the boy is injured, placing the female again in front of the woman and giving him a higher value.
A native American woman, Lina, is also abusing a man's hand. The story that Lina looks back on a rather tragic past, but where feminism is most visible again for a lover. When presbyterians destroy my illness in the village, a lover keeps it and forces her to pass through the city, bruise, a very humiliating experience. She shows again how priceless women were and how Lina describes the wounds as if they were not Nothing but scary when she says, "Lina's swollen eyes calmed, her face, arms and legs cracked and barely noticeable." The novel describes how these injuries are just a small thing Had to suck and wait to disappear when in fact this woman suffered a lot of abuse. This is a topic that should never be relaxed, but in this novel it clearly points out that domestic violence against women can not be considered as a punishable crime and no longer considered.
Rebekka is a special case, as opposed to the other two women described above, she is not a servant but a lover who was ordered to be married to Jacob Vaarks as a wife. Because of the religious intolerance in England, Rebekka's family forces her to go to America and become the wife of a man she has never met before, so she can not be in love. In the future, there is nothing to say and it is only an answer to a question about women's values as it was perfectly normal for women. Even when placing her on the boat to take her, she immediately becomes aware of the various sex treatments when she "is soon separated from the men … and leads to a dark place beside the animal stations." Women were treated at the same level as animals and never thought twice.
After a brief glimpse into the characters' life, it is important to get a little deeper into feminist criticism. In this view one of the most important concepts is "traditional gender roles" in which Lois Tyson describes it as "rational, strong, defensive and determining people, women emotional / irrational, weak, caring and humble". This is proved throughout the book as described above and these "traditional gender norms" are the main reasons for discrimination. Feminists have been fighting for centuries, and unfortunately these norms are so deeply involved in the minds of men that we see it not only in literature, but also in everyday life. Another important concept of understanding is the "patriarchal system" Tyson claims to "make continuous efforts to undermine women's self-confidence and conviction and point out the lack of these attributes as evidence that women are natural in their own right."
, So they are corrective, self-contained and humble. " In lantern terms, this concept only states that it is a man-dominated country in which men have a majority / higher power positions and therefore have the authority to literally "run" everything. Women are constantly responding to men, so men make the most decisions for us, which ignores many women's demands. This is again evident in the book, given that all men hold power positions and women are always humble to them, whether they are housework, sexual interactions, etc.
Patriarchal System Has a huge impact on this novel. Although feminism, as mentioned earlier, is not about malpractice, but rather emphasizes that this country is particularly manly dominant. The same is true in this story. Men are heads of households, most likely, and have more examples of infidelity for men and women slaves. It seems that women are just waiting to be blind when slaves become mixed with mixed children, so obviously their husbands have been created, and if a woman do the same, then the consequences would be enormous.
When Jacob Vaark gets a little money, he decides to build a separate house, even though he uses a lot of money for so many other things he really needs. Although Rebekka's wife, she does not even consult her to see what she feels about money. You have no say in this matter because he is responsible and what he says, his judgment is not valuable because he must be married. As mentioned earlier, their marriages were arranged, they repeatedly showed that if a man wanted this or that woman, women would think that they would have thought without seconds because men ran the show.
Morrison's novel is a very serious case of the patriarchal system in the worst case due to the timing, yet it does a very accurate job of scoring. The attitudes and behaviors of female characters are shaped by the system that they are always in a lower status than male characters. Their needs and needs are the second, or completely overlooked, because the more powerful ones are those who make every decision. The women depicted in the novel behave as if it were normal if their beliefs did not count in any way and, by presenting this kind of maltreatment, trigger people's eyes that something must be done to change it.
In all likelihood, mercy is not just about slaves, but for help. Although this type of discrimination is not so close to today's world (obviously because slavery has been abolished), it is still alive in today's culture. We are still living in a patriarchal system and women are still 10 times harder to fight for the same respect and positions than men. Grace is a great job to apply a feminist approach and there is much to learn when it takes time to read between lines.