Analysis Of Beloved

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Beloved is a story of heartbreak, supernatural forces, and love and hate and the balance between them. Beloved is one of Toni Morrison’s most highly recognized pieces of literature. Morrison accomplishes so much in writing the story Beloved. Morrison does not attempt persuade readers with this story. Beloved is a ghost story among other things. Morrison’s found a way to describe racism and slavery from an African American standpoint without having to completely bash white people. Foreshadowing is a common theme that Morrison uses. Sweet Home and 124 Bluestone are the only places that Sethe has felt to be a home.
Morrison’s perspective of white people in the novel Beloved is plausible. She does not try to persuade readers to feel a certain way about whites. Her goal was to allow readers to come to their own conclusions. Morrison mentions only a few white in the first epigraph of the novel. She discusses Mr. and Mrs. Garner, Schoolteacher, schoolteachers’ nephews, and Mrs. Denver. Morrison talks about the white girl that helped her give birth to Denver. “Then she did the magic: lifted Sethe’s feet and legs and massaged them until she cried salt tears.” (Morrison 42) Rubbing Sethe’s feet was one of the determining factors of whether or not Sethe would make it to freedom. Without Amy Sethe would have died in the forest. Amy Denver was the women whom Sethe named her youngest daughter after. Mrs. Denver was kind to Sethe even though she knew she was a runaway slave. Some whites were pleasant to the character Sethe while some were not.
Although Morrison could have taken a negative approach towards the white people in her book she decided to take a more original approach. Morrison rarely goes back to talk about Sethe’s past before Sweet Home. Going further back into Sethe’s past could have meant divulging in the other negative white people that were in her past. Also Morrison avoids talking about Baby Suggs history before Sweet Home. Baby Suggs was obviously in several...

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