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Toni 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 ***** Beloved. Beneath the ***** is the story of the African American experience ***** the legacy of slavery. This story is the one told through symbolism. Although Beloved is full of *****, one of ***** most prevalent symbols, and the most recurrent, is that of ***** 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 and love. (Gagliardi). These emotions, along with blood, are major parts of ***** themes found in Beloved.

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

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

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

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

*****, the concept of ***** is anot***** central *****e in Beloved. Although Paul D is the only main male character in the novel, ***** described as "the kind of man ***** could walk into a house *****nd make the women cry," he *****


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