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


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Beloved

Toni Morrison's novel Beloved can be thought of as a symbolic path toward allowing the memories of past wrongs done to ***** population ***** 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 the ***** of slavery as an economic ********** social state and the killing her as ***** letting go of the effect that past wrongs have on ***** present. Morrison is by no means saying ***** trauma of the ***** should be *************** just that *****re 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 ***** *****ne leaves footprints in the backyard, "footpr*****ts come and go, come and *****" (275).

Sethe is the symbol for the whole slave parenting culture of African American's, the archetypal parent, while her children symbolize ***** new generations of African American's, the children ***** freedom and Beloved represents the his*****ry of slavery returning to hurt them. It is clear ***** 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 ***** to remain in their future ***** effect it negatively. Slavery was a position of being an animal and when Paul D accuses Sethe of acting as an *****imal with "two legs, *****t four" (273) he is speaking of letting go of the his*****ry of slavery.

Sethe had to keep the past at bay so she could live today, yet ***** never really *****s without the haunts of ***** ***** places and things that have happened to her, both literally and figuratively. "To Sethe, the ***** was a matter ***** keeping the ***** at bay." (42) This shows ***** as the disturbed and universally fearful slave *****. ***** believed th***** the past of her people 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 ***** and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day" (70)

When Sethe describes her relationship w*****h ***** mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her ***** her mind was raging with 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, saying, "Lay em down, *****. Sword and shield, *****own. Down. Both ***** em down. Down by the riverside. Sword ***** Shield. Don't study war no more. Lay all that mess down. Sword and shiled." And under ***** pressing ***** ***** the quiet instructive voice, she would. Her heavy knives of defense against misery, regret, gall and hurt, ***** placed on by one on ***** bank where clear water rushed on below." (86) ***** mind used

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