Book: The Storm. Around this time slavery was getting popular and had finally hit the U. A major theme in this story is the stereotypes of women. Matthew Henry. This stereotype has been around since the start of civilization.
In A Mercy, Toni Morrison demonstrates how women in these times conformed to the stereotypes that were cast upon them, such as their dependence of a male figure. Some readers may interpret this novel as the emancipation of women by weaning themselves off of male dependence, and becoming strong young women. Florens demonstrates how the patriarchal views in these times are correlated with the dependence of a male figure in their lives after the blacksmith shuns her. Florens feels miserable without the blacksmith, and it is evident throughout the novel that she is obsessed with him. No constraint. Florens is viewed as an animal because of her compulsive actions. The blacksmith also feels that Florens is not as intellectual as him.
Toni Morrison has a habit, perhaps traceable to the pernicious influence of William Faulkner, of plunging into the narrative before the reader has a clue to what is going on. We are not totally reassured. What blood?
Dana begins to piece together that Margaret Weylin's spoiling behavior toward Rufus is what influences him to grow up a misogynist towards black women. Margaret instilled in Rufus a toxic mindset that makes him believe that women will forgive him immediately after being cruel to them. Furthermore, his mother Margaret, isn't the only one who contributed to this view of the world that Rufus has. His father Tom Weylin reinforces Rufus' views through his treatment of his own slaves. In the novel, Dana points the detrimental effects Rufus' family treatment of black slaves had on him growing up.