The novel is, as are all the other works of Toni Morrison, an example of both American literature and African-American Literature. It challenges the question of African-American identity and relationships among African Americans and between black and white individuals and communities. The main conflict of the novel is the Milkman's search for ways of becoming independent from his family, ways of self-realization, and to answer the questions of who he is, how he lives and why.
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