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MonkeyNotes-Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS

SETTING

The action of the novel takes place at the villa L'Arbe de la Croix on the Isle des Chevaliers in the Caribbean, in New York, Eloe and on Queen of France. All the events take place in the latter half of the twentieth century in various parts of the United States and Caribbean. In the prologue, Son, the protagonist leaves his ship, (near the Queen of France) and swims toward an island, the Isle des Chevaliers, where he takes refuge at the villa - L'Arbe de la Croix.


Later, when Son leaves the island, the narrative follows him and Jadine to New York. Then the reader is taken to the small town of Eloe in Florida and later back to New York. Jadine leaves New York, and returns to the villa on Isle des Chevaliers. In the final chapter, Son reaches Queen of France while searching for Jadine. He is with Gideon and Therese in their powder-pink house on the hill. He leaves for Isle des Chevaliers. The novel ends when he reaches the shore of the island and starts walking toward the trees.

New York, Paris, and L'Arbe de la Croix represent 'urbanity' while the Eloe and the hills of Isle des Chevaliers represent the natural world.

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