Toni Morrison's "Beloved"
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In this essay about Toni Morrison's novel "Beloved", the reviewer questions the purpose of readers of this work. A character analysis of Sethe and her history is given. The reviewer also explores the character of Beloved and what she symbolizes. Various themes in the novel, such as loneliness, are also discussed. Quotes from the novel are used to show how these themes are presented. The paper is divided into sections based on the novel's final words and their multiple interpretations. The paper concludes with a discussion of remembering without being traumatized by the past.
From the Paper:"Morrison does not try to tell us exactly who Beloved is. That is a mystery that she leaves up to us to interpret while giving us enough for some readers to identify Beloved as Sethe's "crawling already" baby while others see her as a girl from the middle-passage in search of the mother who "walked into the water" and left her. Morrison also makes both a possibility at the same time by not taking sides: Sethe believes Beloved is her daughter who has returned to her while Beloved believes that Sethe is the mother that left her. When we try to answer the first question of "what is 'it'", we have to take these interpretations into consideration and determine whether or not this "it" is the story of Beloved and those who came into direct contact with her or the story of slaves and the trauma that they cannot run away from."
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Toni Morrison's "Beloved" (2010, May 14) Retrieved March 08, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/toni-morrison-beloved-119652/
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