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Toni Morrison's novel Beloved can be thought of as a symbolic path toward allowing the memories of past wrongs done to ***** population ***** Afri***** 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 ***** rebirth of slavery as an economic *****d social state and the killing her as the letting go of the effect that past ***** have on the present. Morris***** is by no means saying ***** trauma of the slavery should be ********** just that there must be some attempt to negate the effects that those past realities have on ***** *****. Symbolically the idea can go even deeper as *****, even after she ***** *****ne leaves footprints in the backyard, "footpr*****ts come and go, ***** 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 and Beloved represents the h*****tory of *****ry returning to hurt *****m. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in her narrative ***** of the ways ***** which the African American people over the last few decades have allowed the anger and cultural memory ***** ********** ***** to remain in their future ***** effect it negatively. Slavery was a position of be*****g an animal and when Paul D acc***** Sethe of acting as an ***** with "two legs, not four" (273) he is speaking of letting go of t***** history of slavery.

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

When Sethe describes her relationship w*****h ***** mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her ***** her mind ***** raging with the spirits of ***** 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 that mess down. ***** and shiled." And under ***** pressing ***** and the quiet instructive voice, she *****. Her heavy knives of defense against misery, regret, gall and hurt, ***** placed on by one on ***** bank where ***** water rushed ***** below." (86) Sethe's mind used


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