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Doris Lessings The Black Madonna Questioning the basis of what you are and who you are is a vast amount of what Lessing theme is all about The narrator states There are some countries in which the arts let alone art cannot be said to flourish Why this should be so it is hard to say although of course we all have our theories about itLessing11 When reading Lessings The Black Madonna themes of racism and ignorance are repeatedly presented The thought of how one ethnic group has rendered themselves as superiors to another is a recurring theme All forms of racism and ignorance are nothing but forms of madness Melvin Maddocks simply states Lessing is prepared to assume as other have before her that in a world gone mad those the world calls mad may be only sane ones What she has forfeited and the loss has to be enormous for any novelist is the scale of humanityMelvin Maddocks239-240 Lessing sees understands identifies and expounds on these particular shortcomings of humanity and incorporates them into her writing With the knowledge of humanities shortcomings in this area Lessing should have made her writing more easily comprehendible it is unnecessarily difficult to read Her writing should have evoked images of her themes in the readers mind when all she evoked was an incest need to get to the end of the story Lessings The Black Madonna was utterly boring completely melodramatic and on a whole very disappointing Instead of a riveting story all that was given was a regurgitation of how bad some people can be James Gindin agrees Too often Miss Lessings fiction is dissolved in a long sociological or journalistic insertion Her politics are one sided her characters are limited in conception and her world resolves in a simple pattern Doris Lessings intense feeling of political and social responsibility is carefully worked into specific historical situationswhile the strict allegiance to
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