Essay - Beloved Toni Morrison's Novel Beloved can be Thought of as...

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***** Morrison's novel Beloved can be thought of as a symbolic path toward allowing the memories of p*****t wrongs done to ***** population ***** 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 ***** rebirth of slavery as an economic ********** 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 that trauma of the ***** should be for*****tten just that there must be some attempt to negate the effects that those past realities have on ***** present. Symbolically the idea can go even deeper as *****, even after she ***** gone leaves footprints in the backyard, "footpr*****ts come and go, come and *****" (275).

Sethe is the symbol for the whole slave parenting culture of *****can American's, ***** archetypal parent, while her children symbolize the new generations of African American's, the children of freedom ***** Beloved represents the his*****ry of *****ry returning to hurt them. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in her narrative some of the ways ***** which the African American people over the last few decades ***** allowed ***** anger and cultural memory of their ***** 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 the history ***** slavery.

Sethe had to keep the past at bay so she could live today, yet ***** never really lives without the haunts of ***** ***** places and things that have happened to her, both literally ***** figuratively. "To Sethe, the ***** ***** a matter ***** keeping the past at *****." (42) This shows her as the disturbed and universally fearful slave parent. Sethe believed ***** the p*****t of her people would haunt even her ***** as there was no real time, *****t linear time 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 her mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her when her mind ***** raging with the spirits of the 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, *****. Sword and shield, **********. Down. Both ***** 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 ***** quiet instructive voice, she *****. Her heavy knives of defense against misery, regret, gall and *****, she placed on by one on the bank w*****e clear water rushed ***** below." (86) ***** ***** used


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