The Rights Of The Slave Owner 's Children

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During slavery, fathers were separated from mothers and when they worked in the fields they were not allowed to communicate or show each other affection. Children were also separated from their parents; moreover mothers often had to take care of the slave owner’s children. Fathers were used to not taking care of their children and did not have any obligations towards their women. Consequently, father’s emotional lives were disturbed and they were unable to return to the way their lives were before slavery, so the women had to manage on their own. Sethe’s own mother was a victim of the degradation brought about by slavery. Mothers in Beloved and sula not only have to bring up their young daughters and teach them about the obstacles that they might face because of their gender, but they also have to prepare their children for the injustices of racism. Sethe, although she is a mother who displays inner strength, nevertheless becomes immobilized. Sethe does absolutely everything she can for her children; she even takes the life of her baby girl so that she would not have to experience the same cruelty of slavery her mother did. As a result of this deed, Sethe becomes an outcast in her community because she even sacrifices her pride for her child’s sake. The novel reveals how she sells her body in order to be able to afford the name beloved engraved on her child’s tombstone. Morrison narrates events from the mother’s point of view, without sentimentality allowing the readers to
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