Toni Morrison's "Beloved": A Review Analytical Essay by umberto

Toni Morrison's "Beloved": A Review
This paper reviews Toni Morrison's "Beloved", a book about a community of people fleeing from their pasts.
# 57055 | 900 words | 0 sources | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 20, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper explains that, after learning what the characters in Toni Morrison's "Beloved" are running from, it becomes apparent that no one can deal with the burden of past memories alone. The author points out that the repeated uses of "everybody", "their", and "they" in the final chapter seems to expand the focus of the book from the residents of "124" to the community as a whole. The paper relates that, when it comes to painful and destructive memories, it is best to, in the words of Baby Suggs, "lay 'em down," and focus one's attention on creating something better.

From the Paper:

"Baby Suggs is a prominent figure in the community with an intolerable present and past, who learned early on the effects of dealing with difficulties alone. Baby withdrew from the community, and lost its support. If the weakness Baby suffered from their disapproval was not enough, the family was hit with another blow when Sethe was imprisoned. As Sethe is taken away by the sheriff, the community who already looked unfavorably upon the family they thought of as prideful, asked, "Was her head a bit too high? Her back a little too straight?" "

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