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TITLE OF ESSAY ENGOAO BY GRACE-ANNE WOOD FOR MRS KENT JANUARY 6 1999 When comparing Toni Morrisons Tar Baby with Lady Chatterleys Lover by DH Lawrence there are few plot comparisons However they share similar themes New York magazine in recognizing this comparison says Toni Morrison has made herself into the DH Lawrence of the black psyche transforming individuals into forces idiosyncrasy into inevitability Tar Baby is about the present day struggles of a black female Jade living in upper class America Lady Chatterleys Lover is also about a female of upper class Connie Unlike Tar Baby this story takes place in 1920s rural England Despite the plot differences both novels examine how the respective love relationships Jade and Connie have with someone of the lower class transforms them This transformation lets them live satisfying and secure lives Before their relationships Jade and Connie are searching for security in other men Both women recognize that relationships with these men are unfulfilling However they continue to have these relationships in hope that one day they will find the security they are searching for Jade expresses her insecurity in her relationship with her fianc Ryk I wonder if the person he wants to marry is mewhat will happen when he finds out I hate ear hoops that I dont have to straighten my hair that Mingus puts me to sleep suppose he sleeps with somebody else after were marriedMorrison 1981 p47 Connie recognizes her need for security early in her marriage with Clifford She has many sexual affairs with different men but quickly realizes that they were unfulfilling men seemed to mean nothing to her Connie she wanted a good deal from the life of a man and this Clifford did not give her could not Lawrence 1928 p31 Jade and
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