Outline Recitatif

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Thesis: Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif” deals with issues such as inequality and contradictions between different social classes, race and shame.

Support 1: Social Class
Topic Sentence: “Recitatif” deal with social class issues. •Explanation: Social classes are economic or cultural arrangement of group society. •Context: Toni Morrison quoted.
Actual Support: “Easy, I thought everything is so easy for them. They think they own the world.” (pg 7) •Explanation: There are social class issues between Twyla and Roberta.

Support 2: Race
Topic Sentence: “Recitatif” deal with race issues.
Explanation: The term racism includes both the belief in racial differences, as well as the discrimination associated with these beliefs. •Context: Toni Morrison quoted.
Actual Support: “It was one thing to be taken out of your bed early in the morning-it was something else to be stuck in a strange place with a girl from a whole other race.” (pg 1) •Explanation: Race is something significant to the narrator and yet she withholds information about her own racial identity as well as that of her friend Roberta’s.

Support 3: Shame
Topic Sentence: “Recitatif” deal with shame issues.
Explanation: the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable done by oneself or another. •Context: Toni Morrison quoted.
Actual Support: “ My mother danced all night and Roberta’s was sick” (pg 1) •Explanation: The narrator, Twyla, is ashamed of her mother who is obviously a stripper and Roberta’s mother is suffering from mental disorders.

Conclusion: There were inequality and contradictions issues between social classes, race, and shame in the short story “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison.
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