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 past wrongs done to the population of Afri***** Americans slaves in the United States to become memories ra*****r 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 ***** effect that past wrongs have on the present. Morrison is by no means saying that trauma of the ***** should be forgotten 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 *****, even after she ***** 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 ********** American's, the archetypal parent, while her children ********** the new generations of African American's, the children of freedom and Beloved represents the his*****ry of slavery returning to hurt *****m. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in her narrative ***** ***** the ways ***** which the African American people over the last few decades ***** allowed ***** anger and cultural memory of their past to remain in their future and 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 the history of slavery.

***** had to keep the past at bay so she could live today, yet ***** never really lives *****out the haunts of the people places ********** things that have happened to her, both literally and figuratively. "To Sethe, the ***** was a m*****tter ***** *****ing the past at bay." (42) This shows her as the disturbed and universally fearful slave parent. ***** believed that the p*****t of her ***** would haunt even her children as there was no real time, not 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 for, ***** next day" (70)

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


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