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Recitatif from Toni Morrison 'Recitatif', by Toni Morrison, is a profound narrative that I think is intended to invite readers to search for a buried connotation of the adventures that the main characters, Twyla and Roberta, face as kids and as they're reunited as adults. Some of the story?s values and meanings between race, friendship and abandonment start to emerge because the plot thickens; however, more messages become hidden and stay unrecognized, even until the very last sentence. From the very first paragraph of this narrative, I discovered that there were some details that the narrator mentioned that required further, deeper thought. For me, this is what made the story attractive. At the beginning of the narrative, Twyla presents her mother as Mary and claims that she had been placed at St. Bonny?s since her mom ? Danced all night. ? By calling her mother by her first name, Twyla shows that she doesn?t really consider Mary as her mom. I think Twyla?s feelings toward her mom play an important part in how she reacts to the adventures she faces throughout the rest of the story. Her remarks and activities when Mary visits her show that she's somewhat ashamed of her mother and from the fact that she chose to abandon her, unlike the ? Real orphans with beautiful dead parents at the skies? (468). This draws a connection between Twyla and Roberta; because Roberta?s mother is still living too , they both feel like they share something with every.