Recitatif Background

Recitatif Background

Published in 1983 in a book by another author, Toni Morrison's Recitatif makes readers reflect on past choices they have made, and realize how sad the world can be. The story featuring Roberta and Twyla was Morrison's only published short story, but it explores deep themes such as racism, shown through the eyes of two little girls that we follow while they grow up.

Tony Morrison was born in 1931 and is a teacher/professor and writer. Morrison, coming from an African background, wrote this story to show how race doesn't really matter, and the act of not telling who is black and who is white (between Roberta and Twyla) contributes to this theme. In 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she has received numerous awards for her outstanding writing. Recitatif, although not one of her best known works, is an observant representation of how there are struggles between 'opposites', coming from someone who has experienced and witnessed such events herself.

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