Chopin's The Awakening
Social Work and Human Services
In order to explore the Africanist presence in literature, writer Toni Morrison lists "some of the common linguistic strategies employed in fiction to engage the serious consequences of blacks" (67). Blood, for example is a pervasive fetish: black blood, white blood, the purity of blood; the purity of white female sexuality, the pollution of African blood and sex. [...] Edna decides to take up painting; "The quadroon sat for hours before Edna's palette, patient as a savage" (57).