Morrison comments not only on racism but also on gender through Milkman's home life. Men run the Dead home as Macon and Milkman fight for dominance over the women like lions. Women rarely appear in the novel other than sidenotes. Hagar wants to kill Milkman. Lena and Corinthians rarely appear in the first part of the novel. The girls and Ruth only appear talking about men whether it be the doctor, Porter, or Milkman. The appearances of women in Milkman's life conveys a dependance on men to exist. And, as Lena says near the end of part I, the only reason MIlkman has power is, "From that hog's gut that hangs down between your legs" (215). What do you think Morrion's comment on gender is?
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