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

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

The book tells the story of Sethe and her daughter Denver, two African *****s *****o 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 is one of the her *****s whom she murdered at the age of ***** in order ***** sp***** 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 story is about the impact ***** slaver and emancipation on individual African American's this plot line is carried further ***** several central themes. In general, these themes include motherhood, history, and manhood and how these all relate, and were affected *****, slavery ***** emancipati*****.

Motherhood is used ***** a metaphor for love, which ***** an emotion symbolized by the color red. The lesson is that motherhood is a form of love that can conquer all due to its overbearing strength. Thus, Sethe, who in Biblical terms means "father ***** the world" is love and motherhood personified. Sethe's unselfish 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 ***** Beloved, ano*****r emotion (blood) which is symbolized by *****, was done out of love. Ironically, Sethe's love for Beloved almost causes her own death, as Beloved comes seek*****g revenge for her death.

***** ***** 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 and taken back in***** slavery under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Also, the middle pass***** is alluded to, along with the Underground Railroad. All of these atrocities are associated ***** death and blood, which is the color of red.

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


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