Beloved by Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison explores the idea of slavery through her novel, Beloved, by using a variety of literary techniques and postmodern concepts. The idea of the rememory is a major theme throughout the novel that Toni Morrison uses to introduce the lives of Denver and Sethe and the idea of slavery. Rememory is the act of remembering a memory that happened in the past. Beloved, depicted as a ghost, exemplifies the idea of rememory for Sethe because she brings back many memories to Sethe’s mind. Throughout Beloved, Toni Morrison alludes to the Middle Passage and other historical slave events, while depicting slavery memories throughout the entire novel. Many people believe that the idea of Beloved is that she is just representative of Sethe’s daughter, but there is deeper relevance to her character. When Denver replies to Paul D about Beloved being her sister, she states, and “At times At times I think she was—more.” Through the use of rememory, Toni Morrison utilizes narration changes and gothic fantasy to show that Beloved was more than just Denver’s sister; she was a ghost that represented slavery as a whole. Morrison introduces the idea of the supernatural, or gothic fantasy to represent the idea that Beloved is more than just a sister to Denver. Right away, Beloved is described with a baby characteristic: “A fully dressed woman walked out of the water” (Morrison 60). The description of water relates to birth because a baby is born right after a mother’s water breaks. Also,

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