`` Beloved `` By Toni Morrison

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“Beloved” by Toni Morrison is a historical/fictional novel that deals with the idea of the supernatural and the repercussions of slavery towards a society and the individual persona. The novel explores the wreckage slavery brings upon its characters in all senses of the self. They have been freed from slavery but the psychological trauma endured remains constant; leading them to do the unthinkable. In the novel Morrison utilizes the character of Beloved to represent the ghost of slavery in an entire community. As we learn about the community we come to understand that they are haunted by their past because they refuse to accept it. Most importantly we realize that slavery has led the characters to become completely desensitized with their individuality and sense of self. Yes, they are physically free of slavery, but mentally they are still enslaved. The novel exemplifies how hard it is for the characters to re-discover their sense of self and their own worth. Only through individual and communal healing, are they able to achieve the prior.

The story is set in 1873, numerous years after the abolition of slavery, taking the reader through flashbacks and back without warning. Most of the characters in the novel are ex-slaves who have endured a lifetime of misery. We learn about their gruesome pasts and what led them to become who they are. As the story begins, the reader does not understand why our main character Sethe, and her family are rejected by the community. At…

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