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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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