Essay - Beloved Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize Winning Beloved is at Least...

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

Red is a powerful color ***** has many meanings associated with it. In human color psychology, ***** ***** ***** w*****h energy and blood. Fur*****r, 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 the *****mes found in Beloved.

The book tells the story of Se***** and her daughter Denver, two African ********** *****o ***** 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 ********** 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 ***** dem*****s become more and ***** demanding, to the point that ***** ignores Denver.

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

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

***** is also the story of ***** American *****, as Toni Morrison b*****ed the story on actual historical events, including ***** 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, ***** middle passage is alluded to, al*****g with the Underground Railroad. All of these atrocities are associated with death and blood, which is the color of red.

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


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