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 the population of African 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 ***** ***** 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. Morrison is by no means saying ***** trauma of the slavery should be for*****tten just that there must be some attempt to negate the effects ***** those past realities have on ***** *****. Symbolically the idea can go even deeper as *****, even after she ***** gone 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 symbolize the new generations of African American's, the children of freedom ***** Beloved represents the history of *****ry returning to hurt *****m. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in ***** narrative ***** ***** the ways ***** which the African American people over the last few decades ***** allowed ***** anger and cultural memory of their past to remain in ***** future ***** effect it negatively. Slavery was a position of be*****g an animal and when Paul D acc***** Sethe of acting as an *****imal with "two legs, *****t 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 without the haunts of the ***** places and things that have happened to her, both literally and figuratively. "To Sethe, the ***** ***** 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 ***** ***** 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 *****, the next day" (70)

When Sethe describes her relationship w*****h her mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her *****en her mind ***** raging with the spirits of ***** past she describes Suggs telling her to s*****p practicing war, " She wished for ***** Suggs' fingers molding her nape, reshaping it, saying, "Lay em down, *****. Sword and shield, Down. *****. Both ***** ***** 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 hurt, she placed on by one on ***** bank w*****e clear water rushed on below." (86) Sethe's mind used


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