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Toni Morrisons Tar Baby is a novel about conflicts and learned biases that exist on a race class and gender level Many of the characters experience a sense of exile either from their environment or from themselves All of these characters have some sort of issue that exists on a race class or gender level that will eventually lead them to their exile Most of the novel takes place on a white millionaires Caribbean estate Valerian Street He in a sense exiled himself from the states because he felt alienated from the world that he lived in He lived in a capitalistic society and when he finished working his usefulness in that society was over So he left his home in Philadelphia with his wife who was not happy about having two homes I live in airplanes now Nowhere Not in PhiladelphiaNot hereP28 His wife Margaret does not understand why he wants to be on an Island without people that they knowMargaret married Valerian when she was a child one reason for this was that she wanted to get away from her family In a way she exiled herself from her childhood because of its complications Her parents were bothered with the fact that she had red hair because her father didnt have red hair He wasnt sure if she was his child or not and this tension continued throughout her childhood She escaped her past through Valerian and began a new life without the tension that she felt from her parents Because of her red hair she stands out in her family and eventually becomes abusive to her husband and her own Son MichaelMichael is a silent character in the novel but still plays a role He never shows up at the house because he to exiled himself from his family One reason for his exile was that his mother abused him when he was a child and he seems to have different beliefs
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