Short Questions and Answers of ‘Jazz’ by Toni Morrison

What are the major themes in ‘Jazz’?

The major themes in ‘Jazz’ are youth and old age, memories, marriage, death and isolation etc.

What is the symbolic significance of the title ‘Jazz’?

Title ‘Jazz’ is significant because the structure of the novel is on the music of ‘Jazz’ (Afro-American). Features of Jazz music is improvisational, multiple voices, repetition, historical framework and romanticism found in the structure of the novel.

Who is Dorcas?

Dorcas is a young girl living with her Aunt Alice Manfred. She has a love affair with Joe Trace but later on she loves to a young boy Acton and confronted the Joe. She was shot down by Joe Trace.

What kind of young woman is Dorcas?

Dorcas is an emotional and passionate kind of girl.

Why does Joe shoot Dorcas?

Joe shoots Dorcas
because she has love affair with Acton after Joe and she confront him.

What happens on Dorcas’s funeral?

On Dorcas funeral Violet makes scratches with a knife on Dorcas face in anger.

Why was Joe Trace not persecuted for killing Dorcas?

It is Dorcas who know that she is shot by Joe but she did not take his name that police can capture him.

How does Dorcas’s mother die?

Dorcas’s mother named Rose Dear suicides by plunging into the well.

Who is Alice Manfred?

Alice Manfred
is the Aunt of Dorcas and later in the novel friend of Violet.

Who is Golden Gray and why is he given this name?

Golden Gray is the son of Henry (black) and Vera (white). He is given this name due to his radiant golden complexion.

Why does Morrison tell us the story of Golden Gray?

He wants to reveal us about the mother of Joe character and story through Golden Gray.

Who is Felice?

Felice is the best friend of Dorcas she was also young girl.

Who is Wild?

Wild
is a homeless woman and comes from woods. She may be the mother of Joe.

Who is Less Troy?

Less Troy is the teacher of Joe and at his home Violet grandmother True Belle lives and Golden Gray and his mother also.

Who is Rose Dear?

Rose Dear is the mother of Dorcas and she suicides by plunging into the well.

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