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

Red is a powerful color that 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 ***** love. (Gagliardi). These emotions, along with blood, are major parts of the *****mes found in Beloved.

The book tells the ***** of Sethe 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 Beloved appears at the door ***** Sethe believes is one ***** the her *****s whom she murdered at ***** age of ***** in order ***** sp***** 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 ***** ***** she ignores Denver.

Although the story is about ***** impact of 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 these all relate, and were affected by, 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 ***** ***** that can conquer ***** due to its *****bearing strength. Thus, Sethe, who in Biblical terms means "father of the world" is love and motherhood personified. *****'s unselfish 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 ***** Beloved, another emotion (blood) which is symbolized by *****, was d***** out of love. Ironically, Sethe's love ***** Beloved almost causes her own death, as Beloved comes seeking revenge for her *****.

Beloved is also the s*****ry of African American *****, as Toni Morr*****on b*****ed 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, ***** middle pass***** is alluded to, al*****g with the Underground Railroad. All of these atrocities are associated ***** death ***** blood, which ***** the ***** of red.

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


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