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Toni Morrison's novel Beloved can be thought of as a symbolic path toward allowing the memories of past wrongs done to ***** population ***** Afri***** Americans slaves in the United States to become memories ra*****r than demanding daily tests to overcome. Morrison uses the rebirth of Beloved as the symbol for the ***** of slavery as an economic *****d social state and the killing her as ***** letting go of the effect that past ***** have on the present. Morrison is by no means saying ***** trauma of the slavery should be *************** just that *****re must be some attempt to negate the effects that those past realities have on the *****. Symbolically the idea can go even deeper as *****, even after she ***** gone leaves footprints in the backyard, "footpr*****ts come and go, ***** and go" (275).

Sethe is the symbol for the whole slave parenting culture of ********** American's, ***** archetypal parent, while her children symbolize the new generations of African American's, the children of 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 some of the ways in which the African American people over the last few decades ***** allowed the anger and cultural memory of *****ir ***** to remain in their future and effect it negatively. Slavery was a position of being an animal and when Paul D acc***** Sethe of acting as an *****imal with "two legs, not 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 *****s *****out the haunts of the ***** places and things that have happened to her, both literally ***** figuratively. "To Sethe, the future was a m*****tter of keeping the ***** at *****." (42) This shows her as ***** disturbed and universally fearful slave parent. Sethe believed that the past of her people would haunt even her children as there was no real time, *****t 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 *****, the next day" (70)

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


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