I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Overcoming Ghost Stories and Hauntings: Beloved by Toni Morrison and No Name Woman by Maxine Kingston. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Rather than the present context of living, each of the characters in the stories is confronted with their ghosts that alter their life course and what they decide to do. The ghosts become a symbol that represents the choices one makes and how this steers future courses for the characters in the book.
The concept of the haunting of ghosts is not only represented by the belief of the characters but also the context in which they are taken. The haunting that each of the characters faces is not based on the death of a figure, but instead the death of one’s life, memories or basic ideologies of life. The past is what brings the idea of the ghost to life and which creates a different understanding of the ghost as belonging in the main character’s life. The concept of not being able to get rid of something and being haunted by trauma and the past is the representation of the hauntings. Each of these becomes psychological associations with what one believes when relating to the ideology of the ghosts.
The representation of ghosts as a part of the different context is first seen in No Name Woman. The narrator is one that is haunted by the past, which is the identity of her mother and father. More important, her mother believes that her child is a ghost, specifically because she is born as a result of rape. This is not accepted in society. however, the woman is let giving birth to the child, which she calls a ghost. The haunting that is seen in this respect is from the rape that has occurred, as well as how the narrator’s mother is cast out of society and is retaliated against because of the birth of the child. At one point, the mother states
“After the villagers left, their lanterns now scattering in various directions toward home, the families broke their silence and cursed her. ‘Aiaa, we’re going to die. Death is coming. Death is coming. Look what you’ve done. You’ve killed us.