In Toni Morrison Novel Beloved, She Wrote, “Freeing Yourself

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In Toni Morrison novel Beloved, she wrote, “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Which means that being free and claiming that freedom are two different things because when being freed they can still feel trapped. On the other hand, claiming that freedom means that they do not feel trapped and they actually found a way to claim their own freedom. The novel Beloved is about a former slave name Sethe and her past of being enslaved still haunts her even to the present day. However, it is not just only her who past haunts her, it is also the people who been freed from slavery. Even though slavery was abolished and they were freed, they did not know how to live comfortably and freely. Although…show more content…
Love it. Love it hard (Morrison 103).” Baby Suggs is trying to rehumanizes the community who were formerly slaved because they had lost their sense of self. Baby Suggs is also educating the community how to love themselves from that the community can start living instead of surviving. If one experience the feeling of loss and vulnerability those are emotions and that is part of living. However in the novel Beloved written by Toni Morrison, Paul D a former slave try his best to not have any forms of emotions towards anyone because he has the fear of loosing them. In the excerpt of Judith Butler, Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence argued “Loss and vulnerability seem to flow from our being socially constituted bodies, attached to others, at risk of losing those attachments, exposed to others, at risk of violence by virtue of that exposure.” When someone attach their emotions and feeling towards another person they are increasing their vulnerability because there might be a risk of loosing that person. For example, when Paul D is getting closer to Sethe he was not able to share his emotions, “ saying more might push them both to a place they couldn 't get back from. He would keep the rest where it belonged: in that tobacco tin buried in this chest where a red heart used to be (Morrison 86).” Paul D is starting to share his memories of what happen at Sweet Home to Sethe, but he is scared that he is revealing

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