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The City For all people in all societies the characteristics of the land are portrayed by the people and those places from which they live The setting can act as an influence on people and can be just as strong as a parental figure but this influence is not always positive It can corrupt blind and institutionalize all those in its reach This form of influence is emphasized in the book Jazz written by Toni Morrison with the contrast between the city life and its inhabitants Before the Harlem Renaissance Joe Trace the protagonist of the novel believed that the city was a sanctuary for the New Negro This is because in the south if you was claimed to be coloured you had to be new and stay the same everyday the sun rose and every night it dropped And let me tell you baby in those days it was more than a state of mind 135 Joe believed that the city claimed to offer a better life for southerners with new hopes of opportunity He believed that the city would offer an age for the New Negro but he had been a New Negro all his life 129 Joe also noticed that the city was taking over his primal urges for love since it had already taken it away from his relationship between Violet and himself and given to Dorcas You cant get off the track a City lays for you Whatever happens whether you get rich or stay poor ruin your health or live to old age you always end up back where you started hungry for the one thing everybody loses-young loving It was the best thing if you were young and had just got to the City But Joe has been in the City twenty years and isnt young anymore 120 This indoctrination of the city does not only apply to Joe but to Violet as well
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