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

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

Red is a powerful color ***** has many meanings associated with it. In human color psychology, ***** is associated w*****h energy and blood. Further, red is also viewed to describe emotions that stir the blood, such as anger, passion and love. (Gagliardi). These emotions, along with blood, are major parts of the *****mes found in *****.

The book tells the story of Sethe ***** her daughter Denver, two African Americans *****o are trying to rebuild their lives after escaping from *****. At one point a young lady by the name Beloved appears at the door and Se***** believes ***** one ***** the her ********** whom she murdered at ***** age of two in order ***** sp***** her a life of slavery. Beloved's return home takes over Sethe's life, especially as ***** demands become more and ***** demanding, to the point that she ignores Denver.

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

Motherhood is used as a metaphor for love, which is an emotion symbolized by the color red. The lesson ***** that motherhood is a form of ***** th*****t can conquer all due to its *****bearing strength. Thus, Sethe, who in Biblical terms means "father ***** the world" is love and motherhood personified. *****'s unselfish love is demonstrated ***** her escape ***** the plantation for her sole desire to keep ***** "mother of her children alive" and not ***** any personal re*****ons. *****, even the murder ***** Beloved, another ***** (blood) which is symbolized by blood, was done out of love. Ironically, Sethe's ***** for Beloved almost causes her own death, as Beloved comes seeking revenge ***** ***** death.

Beloved ***** also the s*****ry of African American *****, as Toni Morrison b*****ed the story on actual historical events, including the case of Margaret Garner who murdered her ***** to prevent them from being recaptured and taken back in***** ***** under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Also, ***** middle passage is alluded to, along with the Underground Railroad. All of these atrocities are associated with ***** ***** blood, which ***** the ***** of red.

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


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