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Broken Women in Paradise Toni Morrisons Paradise reveals a portrait of four broken women - Mavis Grace Seneca and Pallas These women come to the Convent looking for something however none of them are aware of what it is they are searching for until it happens to them All the women have been hurt by their past and they go to the Convent mostly by accident looking for help At the Convent they receive the help they have been looking for freedom from the past that haunts each woman The women arrive at the Convent one at a time between 1968 and 1976 and Mavis is the first Her story begins as she is running away from an abusive husband dead babies plotting children and an intolerant mother Her husband Frank is an alcoholic He abused and raped her so much she reverted back to a child-like state being unable to care for herself She was also running away from the recent death of her twin daughters who had suffocated in a car while she was buying food for supper The twins were not her only children she also had Sal Billie James and Frankie Mavis was convinced that her children particularly Sal were going to attempt to kill her at her husbands orders At dinner the night after Mavis was interviewed for the paper about her dead twins Sal has a shaving razor at the table Mavis was convinced they were going to kill her She didnt think it would take them long and seeing how they were at supper enjoying each others jokes and all she knew Frank would let the children do it 25 Once Mavis escaped her home and stole her husbands car - which was his pride and joy - she ran to her mothers home to seek protection However her mother did not understand Maviss belief that her children were plotting against her Kill you Your children Mavis
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