Toni Morrison's Beloved - Symbol and Symbolism of Color Essay

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The symbolic Use of Color in Beloved  

In the novel, Beloved, Toni Morrison uses color to show the reactions of some of the main characters. Color represents many things in the book. Freedom is an example because once the slaves were free, they noticed the beautiful colors all over. They see that the world is not just black and white and two different races, there are many beautiful things that were unnoticed. When Baby Suggs was free, she was able to spread happiness and joy to the community. When the community did not accept that, she fell into depression, but still enjoys freedom, in a different way, more by herself than with others. It was when she wanted to see bright colors. She loved color. In his journey to the
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Even though she is depressed, and on her deathbed, she used the rest of her energy to enjoy her own freedom. She celebrated with her community and this is the time for herself. The brightest color in Baby Suggs room is the two orange patches on her blanket. She was “starved for color” (38) in her room. The orange patches were very vibrant in the room; it was the only color that Baby Suggs noticed.  Bright, vibrant colors are what made Baby Suggs’s last days of her free life so memorable.

     Paul D. was just starting his new freedom. His journey to the North from the South provided him with the most important experience of his life. He hid and received advice from many helpers. He was told by Cherokees to “follow the tree flowers” (119) to get to the North. Flowers are known to be beautiful and colorful objects. As Paul D treks to the North, he is following the flowers to his freedom.

     Red is a very intense color in the book. It represents death, blood, and evil. When Paul D. arrives at 124 he walked “.... straight into a pool of red and undulating light that locked him where he stood” (8).  He immediately asked Sethe what kind of evil is in the house.  That was the first sign of warning Paul D. receives from the house of 124. Paul D. did not understand the warning at first. Morrison described it as, “as he stepped through the red light he knew that, compared to 124, the rest of
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