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Beloved By Toni Morrison Essay

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Beloved by Toni Morrison, is a piercing novel of powerful images, of captivating tenderness and constant self-abasement. The conflict is centered around the revages caused by slavery in America, which prompts the protagonist, sethe, to flee the ironically named Kentucky plantation, Sweet Home, in search of a life of diginty and freedom in the free state of Ohio. This contemporary novel succeeds in proving the immense prower of the spirit, the power of the memory and the power of love.The novel begins with an ironic situation. Sethe, ...view middle of the document...

She ponders, "Who would have though that little baby could habor so much range?"Beloved offers powerful images, one of which is color. There are reds, blues, greens, whites and even pink. There is the white dress with the unknown face spotted by Denver. There is teh piercing red light that causes Paul D to shudder before entering Sethe's house. There is the white stairway that leads uo to heaven, a world above the pain and suffering of "the below." Ther is the colorful quilt. These colors are symbolic of serenity and anger; they represent life. But an ex-slave could remember a colorless world; a world without life.Beloved is not a world of right and wrong. It is a world of colors and immagination. it is not a racial statement, but a plea for personal self-examination. All races have been victimized by man's inhumanity to man, and the furits that have been sown have been far-reaching. These fruits are firmly rooted and are still being harvested today. The Black family, the Black Woman and the Black Man, specifically, however, are still tring to recover from the seeds sown in Beloved, and salvation can only be achieved by doing just as Sethe had to do; by freeing her spirit to live on; not forgetting the past, but letting go of it's shakles.

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