Beloved, By Toni Morrison

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Unlike most novels, Beloved is told from multiple perspectives and follows two storylines. This nonlinear structure not only serves as a way to peak the reader’s interest, but to draw attention to how severely ex-slaves were abused. The twisted, jarring storytelling can be seen as a parallel to the actual thought process of abuse survivors, specifically ex-slaves. These revelations about the book’s narrative structure are key, as the novel is often hailed for its unique manner of recountal. The author of Beloved, Toni Morrison, is known for her use of extended parallelism, most notably for the “124 is ___” opening line at each of the novel’s three parts. However, when applying the rhetorical device to the bigger picture (the narrative structure)

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