Essay - Beloved Toni Morrison's Novel Beloved can be Thought of as...

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

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

Sethe had to keep the past at bay so she could live today, yet she never really *****s without the haunts of the people places and things that have happened to her, both literally and figuratively. "To Sethe, the future was a m*****tter of *****ing the ***** at *****." (42) This shows her as ***** disturbed and universally fearful slave *****. ***** believed ***** the past ***** her ***** would haunt even ***** children as there was no real time, not linear time anyway, "But [Sethe's] brain was not interested in the *****. Loaded with the ***** and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan *****, the next day" (70)

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


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