Dfgdag Essay

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Denver is Sethe’s daughter. She is the only one of Sethe’s children who lives with Sethe yet receives limited maternal company. Denver is no stranger to feeling alone and Morrison describes Denver’s thoughts to draw us into this setting. Denver recalls how for “twelve years before” (Morrison 14) Baby Suggs died no one had visited their house after her sister was killed and her brothers left home. She also recollects that she had no one to play with, no one who would “hang by their knees” (Morrison 15) with her outside on the “porch” (Morrison 15) as any child does when they play outside. There was no one her age to share dreams and laughter with as they played with their imaginations to fulfill childhood memories. Since Denver grew up socializing with few people she is very quiet and reserved. Morrison uses the emotive words “hot” and “shy” (Morrison 14) to describe how Denver feels when Paul D arrives, she almost acts as a toddler, yet she never voices these opinions. Sethe has not filled in to reduce Denver’s loneliness and often disregards her feelings when making considerably important decisions. When Sethe’s invited Paul D to stay at their home, she does not seek Denver’s permission or even consider her feelings about it. Morrison defines Sethe’s lack of maternity when Denver admits that she has loved her mother out of “fear (Morrison 242) since she found out that Sethe killed Beloved. Morrison uses a limited vocabulary when writing how Denver is fearful that the “thing” (Morrison 242) that made it okay in Sethe’s mind to kill Beloved will return and make it okay for her to kill Denver. Sethe failed to reassure Denver that she would never repeat that action and wishes she could take it all back. She failed to explain that she was only trying to do what she thought was best in the moment.
Paul D is a motherless child. He has been a slave since as long as he can remember. Now an ex-slave he has decided to turn over a new leaf and start anew but lacking a mother figure throughout his life has provided him conflicts in his life. He has known no mother or father yet has somehow managed his way through life. Despite figuring his way through life he is unable to define himself. Morrison gives us an inside view into Paul D’s mind. He doesn’t know who or what defines him. Does his he himself, his mother that he has never met, “Sweet Home”, or “schoolteacher” define him (Morrison 260)? Is he a “slave” or is he a “man” (Morrison 260)? Paul D lacks maternal guidance so much so that Morrison symbolizes his heart and replaces it with a “tobacco tin” (Morrison 86). Morrison uses this cold and rusty description to explain how Paul D does not allow himself to fully love as he has never been fully loved (Morrison 89). The author claims that he rationalizes sparing his love to leave some left for the next person (Morrison 89). Through vivid flashbacks, Morrison provides detail of Paul D’s journey from Georgia to Ohio and none of these include his mother...

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