Beloved By Toni Morrison

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Be Hated “But Ms, Riley, I swear I turned that assignment in!” Throughout my elementary school days and even my middle school days, I found myself saying this a lot. I would be angry and/or upset (I do not remember) at the slim yet emotion-inducing “O” in the gradebook. Of course, me being me, there was no way I turned my assignments in. The days in elementary school passed by, then middle school came and nearly nothing has changed, but one thing is for sure. Each time a zero was filled in, I got less and less frustrated with the teacher, and more and frustrated at myself. Frustrated that I was frustrated, I sought a change by focusing what I would do next time to avoid the zero, and now, assignments slip every once in awhile but it definitely…show more content…
Toni Morrison structures the novel by placing the reader into a scene where we know nothing, and unveiling events as we continue. In Beloved’s case, more information is represented through memories, whether it be Sethe’s two boys that ran away, or the death of her third daughter. This technique known as “en media res” exaggerates a major theme of the novel, memory, which is also the symbol that the main antagonist, Beloved, represents. Following the structure of en media res, Beloved is introduced into the novel with nearly no context. Unlike when Sethe meets Paul D, Sethe, and any other character does not recall ever encountering Beloved before. Yet despite all expectations, Beloved not only recalls Sethe’s memories, but becomes very blatant with her relationship to Sethe, indicated by “Tell me your diamonds.” (69) Beloved…show more content…
Paul D who tries to keep Sethe away from the past, and in the present. is strongly hated by Beloved. Beloved believes that Paul D, a man rarely in the Sethe’s memories before their reunion ,did not have the right to share a home with herself. So to prevent Paul D from getting closer to Sethe, Beloved makes Paul D touch her “on the inside part.” (137) and nearly guilts him into leaving. Paul D does not leave, but he definitely feels guilt around Sethe. Once Paul D does leave ,however, Sethe’s memories by the end of the novel consume her. Beloved and Sethe’s relationship has been diminishing, but reaches its climax near its conclusion. When Sethe tries to take control of her memories, she fails, as Beloved “slammed things, wiped the table clean of plates, threw salt on the floor, broke a windowpane.” (285) The longer Sethe retains memories, of Sweet Home, Baby Suggs, and her daughter, the more of a hinderance that Beloved is to her. As the novel develops, Sethe shows no sign of relieving these memories, but the longer she holds onto them, the more Beloved causes her pain. Beloved “was getting bigger”, while Sethe “grew tired’ as the “flesh between her[Denver] mother’s forefinger and thumb began to fade.” (285) Morrison portrays reminiscence very accurately. At first we enjoy smaller memories, but as we dwindle upon them, their insidious effects become more and more

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