Immigration of African Americans in "Beloved"
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The paper analyzes how the novel "Beloved" reflects how African Americans lived as slaves in America. The paper looks at how Morrison defines the often difficult and traumatic events that differentiated African-American immigration from the European immigration experience due to the mere difference of skin color.
From the Paper:"Toni Morrison, in the novel Beloved, depicts slave life very differently than Equiano's rarified and educated background. With Sethe, Morrison's main character, another slave narrative becomes apparent through the struggles of a woman that escaped from the South and must now survive in the free North. When Sethe has murdered her oldest daughter when slave owners seek to take her four children away, one can learn of the painful past that African Americans possess. Sethe cannot be seen as a wrongful or immoral woman, due to the horrors she has seen while being a slave. She simply did not want her children to become involved in this racist American pastime, as Morrison makes keenly aware in her own historical understanding of slavery. Beloved, who was her oldest daughter, was the only child killed by the Sethe. In this manner, slavery in America possesses the same difficult and trauma that Equiano had undergone, but with a distinctly American severity in the sacrifice that Sethe had to make with her daughter to find freedom. Freedom--through Beloved's murder--becomes the lengths that slaves in America would undergo to not allow their children the horrors of salve life that Sethe had seen in her past."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Carey, Brycchan. "Olaudah Equiano, or, Gustavus Vassa, the African." 2007. 9 January, 2007. <http://www.brycchancarey.com/equiano/>
- Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Plume Books, 1998.
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