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Women characters in Jazz
The female characters in ‘Jazz’ show a distorted sound spectrum of jazz music. Dispersed motives,
disintegrated approach towards life, and disheveled passions show the meaninglessness of the
existence of the black people during the 1
st
quarter of the 20
th
century, providing a lot of fun to the
so-called Whites. Toni Morrison has presented a graphic picture with realistic touches to show their
trials, troubles and disharmony in the gamut of their living.
Violet is an eccentric women in her middle age. Violet’s mother committed suicide by throwing
herself down a well. When Violet married Joe Trace, she sought to escape the hard-knocks lifestyle
of her childhood by moving to the City. Neither she nor Joe had wanted children, but as violet grows
older, she begins to feel a deep longing for something to love. Her relationship with Joe becomes
strained when she falls into depression. When she finds out that Joe has cheated on her with Dorcas,
violet projects of all her anger sadness and frustration by slashing Dorcas’s face at her funeral.
As a young girl, Dorcas lost both of her parents on the same day when her father was killed on a
streetcar and her mother died in a burning building during the east St. Louise riots, which left her
orphaned and homeless. Dorcas wants to be looked at and admired and when Joe visits her aunt’s
house she successfully captures the older man’s gaze. The morality of sleeping with a married man
who is old enough to be her father does not factor into Dorcas’s decision to be with Joe. However,
Dorcas also wants an authority figure and when she realizes that Joe is completely malleable she
bores with him quickly. Her new boyfriend, Action, Promises to shape Dorcas and control her, so she
takes his as a new boyfriend. When Joe shoots Dorcas, she chooses to die in order to be watched,
making herself a martyr by bleeding to death rather than going to the hospital.
Alice Manfred is a widow in her late-fifties, Alice is Dorcas’s aunt and legal guardian. She lives alone
in Harlem, works as sea mistress and is deeply mistrustful of young people and the sinful living. They
seem to be leading. Alice is overly protective and concerned for Dorcas, and hopes to shelter her
from what she sees as a treating world. Felice is Dorcas’ best friends from school, Felice lives with
her grandmother while her mother and father work elsewhere. She has a much stronger sense of
self and she disapproves of the other girls reckless behaviour and even though she often acts as an
accomplice or provides Dorcas with an alibi. Wild is a very dark-skinned woman who roams through
the woods near Vienna, Virginia. Her origins are mysterious, and she is presumed to be the mother
of Joe trace although this is never confirmed.
Vera Louise Gray, the white daughter of wealthy plantation owners, Vera Louise is sent away by her
parents when they figure out that she has become pregnant with the child of her black lover. They
give her a large sum of money as a kind of bribe, and she takes her servant True Belle with her to
Baltimore where the two women raise her son, Golden Gray. True Belle is Violet’s grandmother and
a figure of heroic optimism in the novel, True Belle leaves her family and move with her mistress to
Baltimore in order to raise the woman’s half-black baby boy. When she learns that her daughter
Rose Dear, is in trouble back in Virginia, True Belle moves back home to put the family back together
and raise her grandchildren. Rose Dear is Violet’s mother and True Belle’s daughter. Her husband
abandons the family for long stretches at a time, squandering their money and getting them further
into debt. When she and her children are driven into utter poverty, rose dear. Loses faith and
commits suicide by throwing herself into a well.

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Time Academy Miani Women characters in Jazz The female characters in ‘Jazz’ show a distorted sound spectrum of jazz music. Dispersed motives, disintegrated approach towards life, and disheveled passions show the meaninglessness of the existence of the black people during the 1st quarter of the 20thcentury, providing a lot of fun to the so-called Whites. Toni Morrison has presented a graphic picture with realistic touches to show their trials, troubles and disharmony in the gamut of their living. Violet is an eccentric women in her middle age. Violet’s mother committed suicide by throwing herself down a well. When Violet married Joe Trace, she sought to escape the hard-knocks lifestyle of her childhood by moving to the City. Neither she nor Joe had wanted children, but as violet grows older, she begins to feel a deep longing for something to love. Her relationship with Joe becomes strained when she falls into depression. When she finds out that Joe has cheated on her with Dorcas, violet projects of all her anger sadness and frustration by slashing Dorcas’s face at her funeral. As a young girl, Dorcas lost both of her parents on the same day when her father was killed on a streetcar and her mother died in a burning building during the east St. Louise riots, which left her orphaned and homeless. Dorcas wants to be looked at and admired and when Joe visits her aunt’s house she successfully captures the older man’s gaze. The morality of sleeping with a married man who is old enough to be her father does not factor into Dorcas’s decision to be with Joe. However, Dorcas also wants an authority figure and when she realizes that Joe is completely malleable she bores with him quickly. Her new boyfriend, Action, Promises to shape Dorcas and control her, so she takes his as a new boyfriend. When Joe shoots Dorcas, she chooses to die in order to be watched, making herself a martyr by bleeding to death rather than going to the hospital. Alice Manfred is a widow in her late-fifties, Alice is Dorcas’s aunt and legal guardian. She lives alone in Harlem, works as sea mistress and is deeply mistrustful of young people and the sinful living. They seem to be leading. Alice is overly protective and concerned for Dorcas, and hopes to shelter her from what she sees as a treating world. Felice is Dorcas’ best friends from school, Felice lives with her grandmother while her mother and father work elsewhere. She has a much stronger sense of self and she disapproves of the other girls’ reckless behaviour and even though she often acts as an accomplice or provides Dorcas with an alibi. Wild is a very dark-skinned woman who roams through the woods near Vienna, Virginia. Her origins are mysterious, and she is presumed to be the mother of Joe trace although this is never confirmed. Vera Louise Gray, the white daughter of wealthy plantation owners, Vera Louise is sent away by her parents when they figure out that she has become pregnant with the child of her black lover. They give her a large sum of money as a kind of bribe, and she takes her servant True Belle with her to Baltimore where the two women raise her son, Golden Gray. True Belle is Violet’s grandmother and a figure of heroic optimism in the novel, True Belle leaves her family and move with her mistress to Baltimore in order to raise the woman’s half-black – baby boy. When she learns that her daughter Rose Dear, is in trouble back in Virginia, True Belle moves back home to put the family back together and raise her grandchildren. Rose Dear is Violet’s mother and True Belle’s daughter. Her husband abandons the family for long stretches at a time, squandering their money and getting them further into debt. When she and her children are driven into utter poverty, rose dear. Loses faith and commits suicide by throwing herself into a well. Name: Description: ...
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