#Toni Morrison on Hope in #Beloved: #Muse media

This Musemedia post concerns a Toni Morrison quote from Beloved  regarding hope. The video is an interview excerpt of Toni Morrison talking about the process of writing Beloved and the language she used.  Musemedia helps us look for our muse by  mixing media.


“Making them think the next sunrise would be worth it; that another stroke of time would do it at last.” 
– Toni Morrison, Beloved

Toni Morrison’s Beloved is my favorite novel of the 20th Century. It’s subject matter  is so powerful and so painful that her prose hardly dares to speak it. She uses her unique poetic style to skirt, to dangle emotions so close we can touch them, and yet she refrains from spelling things out. As she notes in the recording above, a climactic event in the novel is almost buried in the rest of the text. The prose has an unsurpassed richness that cries out  for more than one reading. In this particular quote she references hope, but with a fatalistic edge; a reluctance to believe it will be worth the effort.

Hope is what keeps us going in life. It gets us out of bed in the morning, to see another sunrise. And it’s what helps us through times of difficulty.

Where does your hope come from? Is it from wanting to see an aspect of physical beauty in the world, such as an amazing sunrise? Does it center around people? Or does it come from broader issues for us as a society? 

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  1. My hope comes from the desire to express myself via the written and have people interested in reading it. Each day I write because I love it. Then I hope that others love it as well. 🙂 It is also my hope that one day my writing will leave an impact on someone for the better. 🙂

    • I think trying to communicate through the written word is a sustaining part of a writer’s world. Like you I’d love to have an impact on someone for the better, and I’m often torn between that and just wanting to spin a good yarn 🙂 But even that in itself would give someone some personal enjoyment. But generally speaking without hope, then where are we? it’s essential to keep moving forward. Thanks for the comment Cherryl.
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  2. Sometimes when hope is all you have, it is hard to believe in it.
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    • Wow – we’re getting serious here. Though with a quote from Beloved, it’s to be expected. But what you say is true. Thankfully I feel I have more than hope at the moment, so I do believe good things will happen. It’s important to remember. Thanks for the comment Jon and for reminding me.
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  3. Here are my thoughts, I love the beauty that surrounds us. I t inspired me in its quiet message that is delivered in a very subtle way. The sunrise, the unfolding of a new flower, the soft purr of a cat and the warmth and comfort of holding a loved ones hand are small but all very special and says it’s worth it all. 🙂
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  4. I often quip that I’m the most optimistic pessimist that a person will ever meet… if that makes sense. The sense of hope that powers me through the day comes from my sheer stubbornness to achieve my dreams. In the face of some pretty crappy family issues, I found hope in the power of inspiration, education, and love. BTW, I’ve not read Beloved, but I did see the movie. I can imagine the book is so much better. I loved The Bluest Eye (which I read for an American Lit class).
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    • I get the optimistic pessimist thing. Sounds like you’ve had some stuff to deal with, so it’s hard to pretend things are always OK, cos the truth is they’re not. But finding hope for a better time when things are rough comes at us in lots of ways. The power of inspiration in particular struck a chord with me. I watched a video a couple of nights ago -Toni Morrison talked about how she began writing The Girl with The Bluest Eye because she felt at the time, there was a lack of any novels with young black girls at their center. The book initially sold so,so until the New York school system picked it up, and the rest is history. Now talk about the power of inspiration. She definitely has it for me. Thanks so much for your comment.p.s. You have to read Beloved. It’s not the easiest read on a number of levels but the prose is amazing.
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  5. When I think about hope my thoughts wander off to several friends who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over the last few years. Now if you know anything about the disease, most of the time when it’s diagnosed it’s in the late stages. Remember Michael Landon of Bonanza? My friends, even though intellectually they knew their prognosis, had hope of beating the cancer. One of them did everything imaginable outside of traditional medicine. Each of them remained hopeful to the very end. Even I – had hope. My hope? It came from their hope.
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    • Other people’s perseverance can be incredibly motivational, especially when the person is fighting a terminal illness. A positive attitude can’t always stem the tide of the disease, but it can surely help the people you are leaving behind. You can’t give up hope even in that situation, though faced with it myself I’m not sure I would be as positive as your friends. Thanks so much for the comment Pat.

  6. Thanks for your membership, A.K. This is not promotion of others, but appreciation of other’s work and something to inspire and uplift all authors. This site is awesome.

  7. I agree with what Susan said and your comment about the small things. I am in awe of those of you who can write so those of us who do not have the gift can enjoy reading. To me hope is in the small things and enjoying every moment because you never know what is around the corner. My mother said to me when she was seriously ill that hope gave her strength.

    • Hope is a strange one, as we often think of ‘hopes & dreams’ as being very big picture, but when it comes down to it life comes at us in small waves most of the time. Thanks for sharing your mother’s insight.

  8. Where there’s hope there’s life. Would we be able to cope with life without hope? A friend of mine is going through a night mare at the moment. Her husband had a stroke and may or may not survive. The only thing that keeps her going is hope.
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  9. Hope is probably the single most important thing in our lives, for if we lose hope … we’ve lost everything.

    Thanks for featuring Toni, A.K., and for introducing me to her book.
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  10. Hope can be looked on as faith — faith in yourself, faith in your family and friends, faith that things will somehow turn out right. Some people have faith in God’s will. So hope has a very personal meaning to each of us — how we define it and what it means to us.
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  11. Mine is always centred around people. I always have the hope of improving their lives some how – I’ve had that dream since I was little. I am still searching for how I can achieve this goal.
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