Evolving Narrative Identity in Toni Morrison’s Home
This essay links the structural dimension of Frank’s first-person perspective in Home to his evolving narrative identity. Borrowing from studies in psychology and human development, “Journey to Redemption” examines what psychologist Dan P. McAdams describes as “a … reconstruction of the autobiographical past and a narrative anticipation of the imagined future that serves to explain, for the self and others, how the person came to be and where his or her life may be going.” Frank creates what McAdams would refer to as a “dynamic narrative” that changes to accommodate the circumstances of his life. In sync with, but also textually and linguistically set apart from his historically and culturally eventful journey from west to east, Frank’s dynamic narrative identity, as it evolves from adolescence to adulthood, focuses Home’s significant concerns with the moral and metaphysical transformation of human life. (142 words)
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