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Beloved

***** Morrison's novel Beloved can be thought of as a symbolic path toward allowing the memories of p*****t wrongs done to ***** population ***** African Americans slaves in the United States ***** become memories rather than demanding daily tests to overcome. Morrison uses the rebirth of Beloved as the symbol for the rebirth of slavery as an economic ********** social state and the killing her as ***** letting go of the effect that past ***** have on ***** present. Morrison is by no means saying ***** trauma of the slavery should be ********** just that t*****e must be some attempt to negate the effects ***** those past realities have on the *****. Symbolically the idea can go even deeper as *****, even after she ***** *****ne leaves footprints in the backyard, "footpr*****ts come and go, ***** and *****" (275).

Sethe is the symbol for the whole slave parenting culture of ***** American's, the archetypal parent, while her children ********** the new generations of African American's, the children ***** freedom ***** Beloved represents the h*****tory of *****ry returning to hurt them. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in ***** narrative some of the ways ***** which the African American people over the last few decades ***** allowed the anger and cultural memory ***** their ***** to remain in their future and effect it negatively. Slavery was a position of be*****g an animal and when Paul D accuses Sethe of acting as an ***** with "two legs, *****t four" (273) he is speaking of letting go of t***** history ***** slavery.

Sethe had to keep the past at bay so she could live today, yet she never really lives *****out the haunts of the ***** places and things that have happened to her, both literally ***** figuratively. "To Sethe, the ***** was a m*****tter ***** keeping the past at bay." (42) This shows ***** as the disturbed and universally fearful slave parent. Sethe believed that the past of her people would haunt even her ***** as there was no real time, *****t linear time anyway, "But [**********] brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with ***** past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day" (70)

When Sethe describes ***** relationship with her mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her ***** her mind was raging with the spirits of the past she describes Suggs telling her to s*****p practicing war, " She wished for Baby Suggs' fingers molding her nape, reshaping it, *****, "Lay em down, Sethe. Sword ***** shield, **********. Down. Both ***** ***** down. Down by the riverside. Sword and Shield. Don't study war no more. Lay all ***** mess down. Sword and shiled." And under the pressing ***** ***** the quiet instructive voice, she would. Her heavy knives of defense against misery, regret, gall and *****, ***** placed on by one on the bank w*****e ***** water rushed on below." (86) *****'s ***** used

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