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International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies

Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part A (2023)

Dynamic transformations of gender roles: Exploring masculinity and feminine empowerment in Toni Morrison’s home


Bolla Madhavi and Dr. Konda Nageswar Rao


Explores the intricate interplay of gender roles in Toni Morrison's novel "Home," delving into the dynamic transformations that occur within the realms of masculinity and feminine empowerment. The narrative landscape of "Home" serves as a rich tapestry through which the evolution of traditional gender constructs is examined, highlighting the fluidity and adaptability of these roles in response to changing societal contexts. Morrison's characters navigate a world characterized by shifting cultural paradigms, where established notions of masculinity and femininity are challenged and redefined. Through meticulous analysis, this abstract dissects the journey of male and female characters alike, unravelling their struggles, triumphs, and internal conflicts as they negotiate the boundaries of societal expectations. Central to this exploration is the concept of feminine empowerment, which emerges as a driving force in the narrative. The abstract investigates how characters harness and wield this newfound agency, transcending conventional limitations to assert their individuality and reshape their destinies. Drawing on close textual analysis, the abstract examines pivotal moments that illuminate the multifaceted nature of feminine power, illustrating its capacity to disrupt and reshape the narrative trajectory. Moreover, this abstract delves into the parallel evolution of masculinity, spotlighting characters who challenge conventional norms to embrace vulnerability, emotional depth, and compassion. It scrutinizes the tensions that arise as these characters navigate a landscape that often resists their departure from traditional masculine archetypes, providing insight into the broader cultural forces at play. In sum contributes to the ongoing discourse on gender studies by unveiling the nuanced and intricate portrayals of shifting gender roles in "Home." Through a focused examination of characters' journeys, it underscores how Morrison's narrative serves as both a reflection and critique of societal attitudes towards masculinity and feminine empowerment. As readers bear witness to these dynamic transformations, they are invited to contemplate the malleable nature of gender roles and the profound impact of individuals who dare to challenge the status quo.

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How to cite this article:
Bolla Madhavi and Dr. Konda Nageswar Rao. Dynamic transformations of gender roles: Exploring masculinity and feminine empowerment in Toni Morrison’s home. Int. J. Arts Humanit. Social Stud. 2023;5(2):13-16. DOI: 10.33545/26648652.2023.v5.i2a.61
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