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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 ***** story of the African American experience and the legacy of slavery. This story is the one told through symbolism. Although ***** is full of *****, one of ***** most prevalent symbols, ***** the most recurrent, is that of ***** color red.

Red is a powerful color that has many meanings associated with it. In human color psychology, ***** is ***** with energy and blood. Further, red ***** 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 Beloved.

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

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

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

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

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


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