The Theme Of Moral Ambiguity In Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Toni Morrison is an American writer, famous for the way she explores black lives and experience, and the rich characters she presents in her works. She is the first black woman to receive Nobel Prize for Literature.
Her fifth novel Beloved, brought her Pulitzer Prize.
Beloved tells a story of how slavery impacts humans’ lives. How it separates families, deprives people of human emotions and their original rights, how it dehumanizes a person. The novel is based on a true life story. “I was amazed by this story I came across about a woman called Margaret Garner who had escaped from Kentucky, I think, into Cincinnati with four children,” Ms. Morrison said,” And she was a kind of cause celebre among abolitionists in 1855 or '56 because she
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Toni Morrison addresses the issue by showing how Sethe contemplates on what she has done. The protagonist is well aware that what she has done is wrong, but not entirely. From her point of view, and regarding the circumstances, she had no other choice. When Sethe is punished for the crime she has committed, she quietly accepts her faith.
Morrison addresses the moral issue also by showing how society reacted to the tragedy that took place on 124.
The black community of Cincinnati shunned Baby Suggs and Sethe, whose act they condemned only as wrong. Incapable to understand her motifs, their negative attitude towards her is empowered furthermore by the way Sethe looks calm and serene when she is being taken to prison.
“She climbed into the cart, her profile knife-clean against a cheery blue sky. A profile that shocked them with its clarity.Was her head a bit too high? Her back a little too straight? Probably. Otherwise the singing would have begun at once, the moment she appeared in the doorway of the house on Bluestone Road. Some cape of sound would have quickly been wrapped around her, like arms to hold and steady her on the way. As it was, they waited till the cart turned about, headed west to town. And then no words. Humming. No words at
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