Analysis Of The Book ' Beloved '

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Neoshua Butler Senior Seminar Nov.7, 2015 Kee Trapped in the Disillusionment called Beloved The story of Beloved is a fragmented telling of many ex-slaves’ lost history. The story was set during the Reconstruction era and gave voice to individual slave stories demonstrating how culture and philosophy are developed. Throughout the novel and the film adaptation, the influence memory has on identity is demonstrated not only amongst the main characters but also the community. According to Jan Assman, collective memory is broken into two major components: communicative memory and cultural memory. Collective memory is defined as shared knowledge and information through the memories of two or more members of a particular social group. Communicative memory demonstrates its self in the present and exist only in the current time it has no foreground and is on an individual’s personal experience. Whereas cultural memory is a combined reflection of each person’s communicative memory which forms a beliefs, values, and tradition. An example of collective memory would be slavery, although many specific accounts that the individuals who experienced slavery and their stories are lost (communicative memory) the impact and tragedy that occurred during that time has but written in history and formed American tradition (Cultural memory)(Brown). Cultural memory formulates traditions in the forms of holidays, literature and music, creating a history that has been expressed not only within the
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