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Toni Morrison's novel Beloved can be thought of as a symbolic path toward allowing the memories of p*****t wrongs done to the population of Afri***** Americans slaves in the United States ***** become memories rather than demanding daily tests to overcome. Morrison uses the rebirth of Beloved as the symbol for the ***** of slavery as an economic ********** social state and the killing her as ***** letting go of the effect that past wrongs have on ***** present. Morris***** is by no means saying that trauma of the slavery should be for*****tten just that *****re must be some attempt to negate the effects ***** those past realities have on ***** present. Symbolically the idea can go even deeper as *****, even after she is *****ne leaves footprints in the backyard, "footpr*****ts come and go, come and *****" (275).

Sethe is the symbol for the whole slave parenting culture of African American's, ***** archetypal parent, while her children symbolize the new generations of African American's, the children ***** freedom and Beloved represents the h**********ry of slavery returning to hurt *****m. It is clear that Morrison is trying to point out in ***** narrative ***** of the ways in which the African American people over the last few decades have allowed ***** anger and cultural memory ***** their ***** to remain in ***** future ***** effect it negatively. Slavery was a position of be*****g an animal and when Paul D accuses Sethe of acting as an ***** with "two legs, *****t four" (273) he is speaking of letting go of the his*****ry of slavery.

Sethe had to keep the past at bay so she could live today, yet she never really ********** *****out the haunts of ***** people places and things that have happened to her, both literally and figuratively. "To Sethe, the ***** was a m*****tter ***** *****ing the past at *****." (42) This shows her as ***** disturbed and universally fearful slave parent. Sethe believed ***** the past of her people would haunt even her ***** as there was no real time, not linear time anyway, "But [**********] brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, ***** next day" (70)

When Sethe describes ***** rel*****ionship w*****h her mother inlaw, Baby Suggs, calming her when her mind ***** raging with the spirits of the past she describes Suggs telling her to stop practicing war, " She wished for ***** Suggs' fingers molding her nape, reshaping it, saying, "Lay em down, *****. Sword and shield, Down. Down. Both ***** em down. Down by the riverside. Sword ***** Shield. Don't study war no more. Lay all that mess down. Sword and shiled." And under the pressing ***** ***** the quiet instructive voice, she *****. Her heavy knives of defense against misery, regret, gall and hurt, she placed on by one on the bank w*****e clear water rushed on below." (86) Sethe's ***** used


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