Essay - Beloved Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize Winning Beloved is at Least...

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Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning Beloved is at least two stories told at once. On the surface ***** the story of Sethe and the ghost ***** Beloved. Bene*****h the surface is ***** story of the African American experience and ***** legacy of slavery. Th***** story is the one told through symbolism. Although Beloved is full of symbolism, one of ***** most prevalent symbols, and the most recurrent, is that ***** ***** color red.

Red is a powerful color ***** has many meanings associated with it. In human color psychology, red is associated with energy and blood. Further, red is also viewed to describe emotions that stir the blood, such as anger, passion and love. (Gagliardi). These emotions, along with blood, are major parts of the themes found in Beloved.

The book tells the ***** of Sethe and her daughter Denver, two African ********** who are trying to rebuild their lives after escaping from *****. At one point a young lady by the name Beloved appears at the door and Sethe believes ***** one of the her daughters whom she murdered at ***** age of ***** in order ***** sp***** her a life of slavery. Beloved's return home takes over Sethe's life, e*****ecially as Beloved's dem*****s become more and more demanding, to the point th***** ***** ignores Denver.

Although the s*****ry is about ***** impact ***** slaver and emancipation on individual African American's th***** plot line is carried further with several central themes. In general, these themes include motherhood, history, ***** manhood and how ***** all relate, and were affected *****, slavery and emancipation.

Motherhood is used ***** a metaphor for love, which ***** an emotion symbolized by the color red. The lesson is that motherhood ***** a form of ***** th*****t can conquer all due to its overbearing strength. Thus, Sethe, who in Biblical terms means "father ***** the world" is love and mo*****rhood personified. *****'s unself*****h love is demonstrated ***** her escape from the plantation for her sole desire to keep ***** "mother of her children alive" ***** not for any personal reasons. *****, even the murder ***** Beloved, ano*****r emotion (blood) which is symbolized by *****, was d***** out of love. Ironically, Sethe's love for Beloved almost causes her own death, as Beloved comes seek*****g revenge ***** her death.

***** ***** also the story of African American history, as Toni Morrison based ***** story on actual historical events, including the case of Margaret Garner who murdered her children to prevent them from being recaptured and taken back into ***** under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Also, the middle pass***** is alluded to, along ***** the Underground Railroad. All ***** these atrocities are associated with ***** ***** blood, which ***** the ***** of red.

*****, the concept ***** ***** is another ***** theme in Beloved. Although Paul D is the only main male character in the novel, and ********** as "the k*****d of man ***** could walk in***** a house and make the women cry," he *****


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