This study discusses Toni Morrison’s depiction of violence in terms of facticity and on-the-spot sense. She doesn’t depict violence through indirect or figurative language and explanations. She also doesn’t organize nor edit violence into a system of morality. She depicts Macon’s domestic violence in Song of Solomon, Sethe’s infanticide in Beloved, white people’s predatory violence in Beloved and Home, the predatory violence of black people who have copied white people’s racism in Paradise, Mr. Leigh’s sado-masochistic violence in God Help the Child, and the violence of Milkman, Florens and Frank as rites of passage for self-conscious growth in Song of Solomon, A Mercy, and Home.
In depicting these kinds of violence, she has a tendency to depend on facticityand on-the-spot sense-based intuition and language. She doesn’t position violence within the existing framework of representation that leads readers to imagine and infer about the facticity and on-the-spot sense of the event spoken by a narrator’s limited point of view and language. She captures a violator’s anger, rage, brutality, cruelty, destructiveness, perversion, and obscenity, adding nothing and concealing nothing, regardless of whether it leads to a negative effect or not. Therefore, her depiction of violence may be criticized by ethical critics and moral philosophers who place an importance on the didactic and moral impacts of literary description on individuals and sociaty. However, Morrison’s aim is to give readers a close view of the impacts of violence as it really is.