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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 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 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 ***** should be forgotten 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 is gone leaves footprints in the backyard, "footprints come and go, ***** and *****" (275).

Sethe ***** the symbol for the whole slave parenting culture of African American's, ***** archetypal parent, while her children *****ize the new generations of ***** American's, the children ***** 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 some ***** the ways in which the African American people over the last few decades ***** allowed the anger and cultural memory of *****ir 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, *****t 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 she never really *****s without the haunts of ***** people places ********** things that have happened to her, both literally and figuratively. "To Sethe, the future was a matter ***** *****ing the ***** at bay." (42) This shows ***** as ***** disturbed and universally fearful slave *****. ***** believed that the p*****t of her ***** would haunt even ***** ***** as there was no real time, not linear time anyway, "But [Sethe's] brain was not interested in the *****. Loaded with ***** past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day" (70)

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

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