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

Red is a powerful color ***** has many meanings associated with it. In human color psychology, ***** ***** ***** 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 the *****mes found in Beloved.

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

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

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

***** is also the story of African American *****, as Toni Morr*****on based the story on actual historical events, including the case of Margaret Garner who murdered her children 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, al*****g with the Underground Railroad. All of these atrocities are associated with ***** ***** blood, which ***** the color of red.

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


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