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Sethe's Perception Of Slavery In Beloved By Toni Morrison

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Sethe proposes to give Beloved a chance at freedom. In her stream of consciousness, she justifies her actions by confessing “if I hadn't killed her she would have died and that is something I could not bear to happen to her” (Morrison 114). Her “children are better off dead, their fantasy futures protected from the heinous reality of slavery” She neglects her own well-being for the safety of her children. She refuses to allow her children to be dirtied by slavery to the point where” you forgot who you were and couldn’t think it up” (Morrison 250). Morrison shows Sethe’s understanding of how destructive slavery is to one’s overall perception of themselves. Sethe says that her children are her “best thing, her beautiful, magical best thing—the
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