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Beloved

***** Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning Beloved is at least two stories told at once. On the surface is the story of Sethe and the ghost of Beloved. Bene*****h the ***** is the story of the African American experience ***** ***** legacy of slavery. Th***** ***** is the one told through symbolism. Although ***** is full of symbolism, one of the most prevalent symbols, and the ***** recurrent, is that of the color red.

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

The book tells the story of Sethe and her daughter Denver, two African Americans who ***** trying to rebuild their lives after escaping from *****. At one point a young lady by the name ***** appears at the door ***** Se***** believes is one ***** the her *****s 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 Beloved's demands become more and more demanding, to the point that ***** 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, ***** manhood and how these all relate, and were affected by, slavery ***** emancipation.

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

Beloved is also the story of African American history, as Toni Morrison b*****ed the story on actual historical events, including ***** case of Margaret Garner who murdered her ***** to prevent them from being recaptured ***** taken back into 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 death and blood, which ***** the ***** of red.

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

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