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Toni Morrison is able to speak for the unspeakable. To escape racial prejudice her family had migrated north to seek employment opportunities. In Ohio, Morrison was predominantly surrounded by racist whites. However, this did not impede her growth and success. She attended Lorain High School, where she excelled as a student. She was a member of the student council, worked in the school library, was an associate editor of the high school yearbook which made her way easy to work as a humanist. She made novel her voice to rebel against the violence, slavery, racism and all inhuman practices.  Morrison was mostly concerned with her studies and sometimes found it difficult to find a place at Howard. Her talking through the novel gave her ample space to speak for the unvoiced to enable the world to have a keen look at the miserable lot of African women folk and so universalize the situation. Her aim is to benefit the humanity. The endeavor in this paper to unveil the layers of humanistic concerns that provided notations to her words. Earlier studies on this writer have concentrated on adjudging her as a writer addressing problems of black people. However, this study would try to describe Pecola as a heroine of suffering who goes mad because of torture by the attitude of community. here is an endeavor to extend this notion to encompass the problems of whole human community by displaying black Pecola in the general drama of life. Before dyeing the strings of Morrison's novels with the colour of humanist concerns, it is important to delineate the term `Humanism' from which these humanistic concerns arise.

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