The Influence Of Sethe

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Throughout the course of the novel we see that Sethe is fueled by her love for her children and her deep desire to avoid facing her past at all costs. In a sense, she spends a majority of her time trying to avoid the reality of her life as a black woman in a post-slavery America. Sethe believes that love is essential, and that if she loves her children with a "thick love", it will be enough to protect them. It isn't until Paul D and Beloved arrive that she is forced to face her past, and with it the truth. By the end of the novel she sees that she has failed to accomplish her goal of protecting her children by allowing Beloved to die and her boys to flee. Facing the past, though impossibly hard for her to do, forced Sethe to realize that she
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