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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 Se***** and the ghost ***** Beloved. Bene*****h the surface is the story of the African American experience and ***** legacy of slavery. This 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, ***** is ***** with 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 ***** of Sethe and her daughter Denver, two African *****s who are trying to rebuild their lives after escaping from slavery. At one point a young lady by the name Beloved appears at the door and Se***** believes is one of the her daughters whom she murdered at the age of two in order to 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 ***** she ignores Denver.

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

Motherhood is used as a metaphor for love, which is an emotion symbolized by the color red. The lesson ***** that motherhood is a form of love that can conquer ***** 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 by her escape from the plantation for her sole desire to keep ***** "mother of her children alive" ***** not for any personal re*****ons. *****, even the murder ***** Beloved, another ***** (blood) which ***** symbolized ***** blood, was done out of love. Ironically, Sethe's love ***** Beloved almost causes her own death, as Beloved comes seeking revenge for her death.

Beloved is also the s*****ry of ***** American *****, as Toni Morr*****on b*****ed the story on actual historical events, including ***** 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, the middle passage is alluded to, along with the Underground Railroad. All ***** these atrocities are associated with death and blood, which ***** the ***** of red.

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


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