Toni Morrison Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Toni Morrison
Analysis of her novel "Beloved."
# 24785 | 900 words | 1 source | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 09, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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Analysis of her novel "BELOVED." Contends the author's intention was to structure her story around a resurrected, vengeful ghost for its symbolic value, and its function as a narrative tool. Subject of former slaves tautmatized by legacy of enslavement. Use of the ghost of Beloved to demonstrate strength of the African American community.

From the Paper:

"In the novel Beloved, Toni Morrison weaves together a tragic story about former slaves who are so traumatized by their past abuses that they cannot pursue a life of happiness. By using the literary tool of a ghost, Morrison creates a vivid and personal symbol of the destructive impact of slavery. Beyond its brutalizing effects on the abused slaves during their enslavement, slavery leaves behind a lingering legacy that is difficult to eradicate with the passage of time. Essentially, the ghost evokes memories of the past and suppressed emotions of the experience of being enslaved.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze Morrison’s intentions in structuring her story around a resurrected ghost. This writer argues that Morrison uses Beloved the ghost for its symbolic value and its function as a narrative tool."

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