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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 of Afri***** Americans slaves in the United States ***** become memories ra*****r than demanding daily tests to overcome. Morrison uses the rebirth of Beloved as the symbol for ***** ***** of slavery as an economic ********** social state and the killing her as ***** letting go of the effect that past wrongs have on the present. Morris***** is by no means saying ***** trauma of the ***** should be for*****tten just that t*****e must be some attempt to negate the effects ***** 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 ***** American's, the children of freedom and Beloved represents the history of *****ry returning to hurt them. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in her narrative ***** ***** the ways in which the African American people over the last few decades have 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 t***** his*****ry ***** slavery.

Sethe 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 ***** happened to her, both literally ***** figuratively. "To Sethe, the future ***** a m*****tter ***** *****ing the ***** at bay." (42) This shows ***** as the disturbed and universally fearful slave parent. ***** believed th***** the past of her people would haunt even ***** children as there was no real time, *****t linear time anyway, "But [Sethe's] brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the ***** and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, ***** next day" (70)

When Sethe describes her relationship w*****h her mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her *****en her mind was 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, *****, "Lay em down, *****. Sword ***** shield, Down. Down. Both of em down. Down by the riverside. Sword and Shield. Don't study war no more. Lay all that mess down. Sword and shiled." And under the pressing ***** 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 ***** below." (86) ***** mind used


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