Toni Morrison's "Beloved" Book Review by Writing Specialists

Toni Morrison's "Beloved"
This paper analyzes the themes of bondage and freedom in "Beloved" by Toni Morrison.
# 91799 | 1,950 words | 1 source | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2007 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper explains that, in Toni Morrison's "Beloved", the concepts of bondage and freedom are inextricably linked to the process of forgetting and remembering in the book. The author points out that "Beloved", which won a Pulitzer Prize for literature, is a haunting novel of racism, freedom, slavery and the past that give the reader new insight into the nightmare of slavery and the wonderful promise of freedom. The paper relates that the book graphically illustrates the importance of freedom and that it is impossible for someone who has suffered the worst indignities to forget the past and move on toward the future.

From the Paper:

"While the characters all try desperately to forget the past, they are not interested in the future, and this places them in a kind of "limbo." They are constantly reminded of the past, they cannot deal with it, and yet their lives hold no hope for the future. Sethe thinks to herself at one point, "But her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day. Exactly like that afternoon in the wild onions - where one more step was the most she could see of the future." Sethe and Denver really have no future, and they know that. Sethe will never find acceptance in a town that shuns her and neither will Denver. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1999.

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