Morrison cross-cuts Frank’s story with that of his sister for a reason. The parallel she makes is to show us that the meaning of “home” is both personal and universal – a community, a family, or a relationship where people can feel comfortable and nurtured. After returning from the integrated army in Korea, Frank discovers that mid-20th-century America is just as he left it, segregated and full of hardships. He has seen his best friends die on the battlefield, young girls searching for food and finding soldiers, innocent people die for nothing. Suffering from PTSD, he is like a wanderer chased by his own memories. He constantly tries, but can hardly escape from the “horrible pictures” (Morrison 24). No matter what he used to dull his mental disorder – from alcohol to casual sex and relationships - violence was always... [continues]
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