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

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Toni 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 of Beloved. Beneath the ***** is ***** story of the African American experience and ***** 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 ***** has many meanings associated with it. In human color psychology, ***** is associated with energy and blood. Further, 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 ***** 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 ***** Sethe believes ***** one ***** the her daughters whom she murdered at ***** age of ***** in order to spare her a life of slavery. Beloved's return home takes over Sethe's life, especially as Beloved's demands become more and ***** demanding, to the ***** ***** she ignores Denver.

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

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 love th*****t can conquer ***** due to its overbearing strength. Thus, Sethe, who in Biblical terms means "father ***** the world" is love and mo*****rhood personified. *****'s unselfish love is demonstrated ***** her escape from the plantation for her sole desire to keep ***** "mother of her children alive" ***** not ***** any personal reasons. *****, even the murder ***** Beloved, another ***** (blood) which ***** symbolized by blood, was done out of love. Ironically, Sethe's ***** for Beloved almost causes her own death, as Beloved comes seeking revenge for ***** *****.

***** is also the story of African American *****, as Toni Morr*****on based ***** 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***** ***** 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 ***** death ***** blood, which ***** the color of red.

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


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