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Beloved Essay

908 words - 4 pages

In Beloved, by Toni Morrison, all of the characters desire a sense of normalcy after being permanently dejected by slavery and its institutions. As the white culture defines the social norms, it is difficult for free slaves to find their identities because they are unable to fit within the white world and its customs. Throughout the novel, Paul D constantly searches for his definition of “manliness”. As a social orphan, Paul D must find manhood’s meaning from his countless struggles as a slave. His definition of manliness was repeatedly dismantled by malicious forces like schoolteacher and Beloved. The only way for Paul D to successfully define what it means to be a man is to step away from society and define it alone. Paul D continuously uses his “rememories” of the Sweet Home men and how he and Sethe fit in a world full of discrimination.
Sweet Home was a refuge for Paul D and the “last of the Sweet Home men” who were owned by Mr. Garner (p 147). Under Mr. Garner’s ownership, Paul D believed that “of all the Blacks in Kentucky, only five of them were men,” all living on Sweet Home (p 147). On the plantation, Garner owns the title “men” and bestows it upon his slaves as if they are his equals. Mr. Garner would insist to other farmers that his “niggers is men every one of em” to see their fierce reactions to the title (p 12). Paul D was raised in a world, figuratively, by white parents that introduced him to the hierarchies of society. However, with a man doesn’t inherit his manhood from society. Mr. Garner believed that manhood rested on the ability to “handle guns,” the ability to “choose a horse or a wife,” and make decisions, even though the choices that he gives the Sweet Home men are rather limited (p 147). Paul D holds on to the belief that “in their relationship…was true metal” because Mr. Garner “believed and trusted” them as well as “listened to” each man; as if the men were free labor, Garner encourages them to correct him as well as “invent new ways of doing things” (p 147). The men’s manhood will continue to be defined by the Garners based off of what he values of the men’s thoughts and feelings. Paul D and the five other men believe that “deferring to his slaves’ opinions” in no way deprived Garner “of authority or power” (p 147). However, they don’t understand that Garner promotes his slaves’ statuses to “men” in order to maintain control over them. By not treating them like animals the sense of his power increases.
As Sweet Home’s authority figure changes from Garner to schoolteacher, Paul D is...

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