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Beloved Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the pastSethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened Meanwhile Sethe s house has long been troubled by the angry, destructive ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word BelovedSethe works at beating back the past, but it makes itself heard and felt incessantly in her memory and in the lives of those around her When a mysterious teenage girl arrives, calling herself Beloved, Sethe s terrible secret explodes into the presentCombining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. 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Nolan ➰ – 9facts.co.uk Sethe s terrible secret explodes into the presentCombining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history [KINDLE] ❁ Born to Ride (Sons of Chaos MC, ❅ Eva Grace – 9facts.co.uk Morrison s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature The brutal truth, brilliantly written A mother hanging from a tree, the vile debasement of a nursing mother, scars so deep from whipping that they make a design of a tree on a woman s back, a bloodied dead baby, the ultimate symbol of how truly horrific slavery was These are some of the images that I will remember long after reading this book This was not an easy book to read and it s not one I can say was enjoyable in the strictest sense of the word, but I can say that I appreciated every wo The brutal truth, brilliantly written A mother hanging from a tree, the vile debasement of a nursing mother, scars so deep from whipping that they make a design of a tree on a woman s back, a bloodied dead baby, the ultimate symbol of how truly horrific slavery was These are some of the images that I will remember long after reading this book This was not an easy book to read and it s not one I can say was enjoyable in the strictest sense of the word, but I can say that I appreciated every word, what the story tells of and how it is told The past is present in flashbacks, in memory, in stories told by one character to another, in streams of consciousness The past is always present in the present It s a haunting ghost story, but the past ishaunting,daunting This blend of past and present requires the reader to pay close attention I read it slowly so I wouldn t miss what was happening, what had happened What an achievement in storytelling Much has been written about this book that tellsof Sethe s story,of Baby Suggs s story,about Denver s story andabout Paul D s story and of course Beloved s I m not going to do that here because it s Toni Morrison s story to tell and I recommend that you discover it yourself Just be prepared That Sethe s character is based on a real person deepens the significance when as a reader I considered what a mother would do to save her child from a horrific life of slavery.The news of Toni Morrison s recent death is what prompted me to finally pick this up out of the basket next to my bed, filled with books I ve been meaning to read With every article I read about her this last week, I kept thinking about how much I have missed by not having read any of her books As difficult as this was to read, I m glad I did and I know that I will readso as not to miss out onof the reasons why Morrison deserved so many accolades, including the Nobel Prize in Literature I don t give books low marks lightly If anything, I am prone to being carried away by the author s enthusaism and rate bookshighly than they deserve I am an aspiring author, myself, and that also leads me to be kind to the books.That being said, I really hated this book.I like fantasy and magical realism I find the dreams and allegories that live just underneath the skin of the world we canreadily see and touch endlessly fascinating I like my stories intense and emotional, and I I don t give books low marks lightly If anything, I am prone to being carried away by the author s enthusaism and rate bookshighly than they deserve I am an aspiring author, myself, and that also leads me to be kind to the books.That being said, I really hated this book.I like fantasy and magical realism I find the dreams and allegories that live just underneath the skin of the world we canreadily see and touch endlessly fascinating I like my stories intense and emotional, and I like it when characters are so full of passion that it obscures their sense of the world around them.That being said, I really hated this book.I found Beloved incomprehensible to the point of absurdity It s one thing to have a book that is full of magic and poetry or to have a character s passion overwhelm their ability to describe the world from time to time, but I also need to know what is going on For the story to grab me, I need to know what the story is.Did I mention that I really hated this book I know it s trendy to read Toni Morrison, but I recommend this book to absolutely no one I found it a borderline insulting waste of my time Updated, August 2019 RIP, Toni Morrison Over the past 15 years, I ve tried a couple of times to read Toni Morrison s epic, Pulitzer Prize winning novel about murder, guilt, ghosts and the brutal, complex physical and psychological legacy of slavery.Something about the dense, poetic prose and the elliptical nature of the storytelling made it impenetrable After a chapter or two, I d give up, perplexed And I ve read William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf This made Oprah s Book Club I m so glad I Updated, August 2019 RIP, Toni Morrison Over the past 15 years, I ve tried a couple of times to read Toni Morrison s epic, Pulitzer Prize winning novel about murder, guilt, ghosts and the brutal, complex physical and psychological legacy of slavery.Something about the dense, poetic prose and the elliptical nature of the storytelling made it impenetrable After a chapter or two, I d give up, perplexed And I ve read William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf This made Oprah s Book Club I m so glad I persevered About a third of the way in, I realized just how carefully Morrison had constructed the narrative, which pivots on two horrific events one involving a mother killing her child inspired by the actual story of a woman named Margaret Garner , and the other, which informs the first, about an attempted escape by a group of slaves at a plantation and its violent aftermath The setting is 1873, Ohio Sethe and her daughter Denver live in a house on 124 Bluestone Road Once a lively place where freed slaves congregated after Emancipation to get news and socialize, it s now desolate and creepy, haunted by the spiteful ghost of Sethe s dead two year old child not a spoiler, since it s introduced in the first few pages The matriarch Baby Suggs Sethe s mother in law is now dead, and Sethe s two sons have fled the premises.When Paul D enters the home, things begin to change He and Sethe worked on the same plantation called Sweet Home, ironic because it was anything but decades earlier They share history, good and bad, and harbour secrets from the other Paul D s presence makes the ghost leave, and he alienates the shy, awkward Denver and begins to make Sethe unshackle herself from the past until a mysterious stranger with no lines on her hands or face appears at 124 to mess things up Beloved overflows with stories some tragic, some vicious, some joyous, some brimming with love.It takes a while to get all the names straight I found myself flipping back to see when a character was introduced It s not a long book, average length really, but it s dense and full of layered, complex imagery about water it s not a coincidence that Sethe s name suggests Lethe, the river of forgetfulness and oblivion , colours, milk, metal I ll never forget the description of Sethe s back, so severely scarred from whippings it resembles a multi branched tree, or Paul D talking about slaves having their mouths pried open with horses bits the wildness that shot up into the eye the moment the lips were yanked back.Other things that will haunt and disturb me the idea of black slaves being compared to animals the sequence in which Paul D discovers just how much he s worth in dollars and cents, compared to Sethe, who is basically a breeding machine to createslaves imagine what that would do to a person s a people s sense of self worth These are balanced out with scenes of kindness and generosity.Not all the white characters are bad one feisty young poor white girl helps Sethe deliver her child in a boat, and there s a subtle portrait of a pair of generous, older white siblings who radiate humanity And unlike Walker s The Color Purple, the black men in the book aren t all fools and rapists Morrison s vision is broad, expansive, clear eyed but ultimately forgiving.The language is earthy yet majestic, with echoes of Faulkner and even the King James Bible It s often hard to read because it feels like you re wading through an ocean of memories, some of which are buried deep and trying to surface.The point of view shifts repeatedly In one remarkable section, we re given the POV of the dead baby in which she s caught between death and life Morrison gives you various takes on the same scene but spreads them throughout the book, so you circle around events trying to get to the truth Is the truth possible Do some things remain unknowable There s unspeakable, real human pain at the centre Shame Desperation Guilt Generations of it But like much great art, Beloved offers a glimmer of hope and redemption at the endSethe, says Paul D , me and you, we gotyesterday than anybody We need some kind of tomorrow Amen This was my second or third reading of Beloved, a book that broke my heart and remade it once again The tree on Sethe s back is a map to both pain and redemption I feel like I am going to quote nearly the entire book if I keep to copy out all of my notes From the initial haunting of Beloved and her return the tale of Sethe is the tale of the revolting violence and sexual underpinning of the institution of slavery The stories from Sweet Home are all heartbreaking particularly once Schoolte This was my second or third reading of Beloved, a book that broke my heart and remade it once again The tree on Sethe s back is a map to both pain and redemption I feel like I am going to quote nearly the entire book if I keep to copy out all of my notes From the initial haunting of Beloved and her return the tale of Sethe is the tale of the revolting violence and sexual underpinning of the institution of slavery The stories from Sweet Home are all heartbreaking particularly once Schoolteacher takes over , and yet even across the river at 124, those who escaped are unsafe The novel does a fantastic job of capturing the love of Sethe and Paul D, the emergence of an I for Denver and the pain of loss for Baby Suggs Memorable from start to finish, this is truly one of the greatest works of fiction of the last century I loved how it ended as Denver takes control of her life and in doing so, saves Sethe Love conquers all.Sethe is defiant at the beginning of the book when Paul D arrives I got a tree on my back and a haint in my house, and nothing in between but the daughter I am holding in my arms Nowrunning from nothing p 15 Paul D, being the kind soul that he is, listens to the shards of her story The reader needs to be patient because the full meaning of the loss of milk, the lost sons Buglar and Howard, the whitegirl all of these will be peeled off of the story like layers of an onion The emotion is overwhelming and creates tenderness between Sethe and Paul D As she raised up from the heat she felt Paul D behind her and his hands under her breasts She straightened up and knew, but could not feel, that is cheek was pressing into the branches of the chokecherry tree p 17 And just like that, Paul D casts the ghost of 124 out, leaving Denver confused and alone Now her mother was upstairs with the man who had gotten rid of the only other company she had Denver dipped a bit of bread into the jelly Slowly, methodically, miserably, she ate it p 19 What is impressive is the power of Morrison s writing and how much she packs into these first 20 pages of the first chapter, it is breathtaking to read The afternoon lovemaking of Sethe and Paul D opens up vistas in their memory of the previous slave life they shared at Sweet Home when Sethe was with Halle and got pregnant with Denver Most of the memories are rife with the inherent inhumanity and violence of slavery To survive, the slaves of Sweet Home had to derive pleasure from very small, nearly insignificant things like corn in the field in which Halle and Sethe had made love the first time What he did remember was parting the hair to get to the tip, the edge of his fingernail just under, so as not to graze a single kernel The pulling down on the tight sheath, the ripping sound always convinced her it hurt As soon as one strip of husk was down, the rest obeyed and the ear yielded up to him its shiny rows, exposed at last How loose the silk How quick the jailed up flavor ran free No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you How loose the silk How fine and loose and free p 27 A lot to unpack there, but it is amazing how the memories of Sethe and Paul D intertwine Sethe remembering the sex in the field and comparing it to the pain of opening the corn husk and Paul D remembering the sensations both tactile and gustatory of the raw corn.One important thing to keep in mind when reading Beloved is the deep vernacular used by the protagonists that requires sometimes reading out loud to get a feel for the sing songy diction and how time is strictly non linear as each of the characters shifts back and forth over memories too painful to bear all at once There is also an extremely sensual aspect to Morrison s writing where the various senses blend together The closer the roses got to death, the louder their scent and everybody who attended the carnival associated it with the stench of the rotten roses p 47 I took this to be another way of displacing the painful memories and dispersing them so as to dampen their bite Not long afterward, Beloved comes to 124 and the heart of the novel is how she has a dysfunctional, fusional relationship with Sethe, a distant, opportunistic relationship with Denver, and a violent, sexual relationship with Paul D driving him away from the house It takes Sethe a lot longer then Denver to realize this because of Beloved s all consuming devotion Sethe was flattered by Beloved s open, quiet devotionthe company of this sweet, if peculiar, guest pleased her the way a zealot pleases his teacher p 57 Paul D, before leaving, is tortured with memories that he long hid deep inside He would keep the rest where it belonged in that tobacco tin buried in his chest where a red heart used to be Its lid rusted shut He would not pry it loose now in front of this sweet sturdy woman, for if she got a whiff of the contents, it would shame him And it would hurt her to know that there was no read heart bright as Mister s comb beating in him p 73 Note that Mister was a rooster back at the Sweet Home farm Halle was Sethe s husband and the father of her children before the flight from Sweet Home to where Halle s mother Baby Suggs had escaped in free Ohio, 124 Near the house, there was a clearing where she would give open air speeches to the other fugitives and survivors Love your hands Love them Raise them up and kiss them Touch others with them Pat them together, stroke them on your face cause they don t love that either You got to love it, youAnd no, they ain t in love with your mouth Yonder, out there, they will see it broken and break it again What you say out of it they will not heed What you scream from it they do not hearThis is flesh I m talking about here Flesh that needs to be loved p 88 Sethe bitterly misses the 28 days between her arrival at 124 and the catastrophe that consumes her, she misses especially the comfort of Baby Suggs Just the fingers she thought Just let me feel your fingers again on the back of my neck and I will lay it all down, make a way out of this no way p 95 In his reminiscing, we learn of Paul D s incredible journey and the countless acts of violence and predation that he survived including a chain gang under the beating sun of Georgia singing songs to Mr Death, they smashed his head More than the rest, they killed the flirt who folks called Life for leading them on Making them think the next sunrise would be worth it that another stroke of time would do it at last Only when she was dead would they be safe The successful ones the ones who had been there enough years to have maimed, mutilated, and maybe even buried her kept watch over the others who were still in her cock teasing hug, caring and looking forward, remembering and looking back p 109 During his wandering, he finds little consolation with the Cherokee who suffered the fate of genocide at the hands of white settlers Decimated but stubborn, they were among those who chose a fugitive life rather than Oklahoma The illness that swept them now was reminiscent of the one that had killed half their number two hundred years earlier In between that calamity and this, they had visited George III in London, published a newspaper, made baskets,led Oglethorpe through forests, helped Andrew Jackson fight Creek, cooked maize, drawn up a constitution, petitioned the King of Spain, been experimented on by Dartmouth, established asylums, wrote their language, resisted settlers, shot bear, and translated scripture All to no avail The forced move to the Arkansas River, insisted upon by the same president they fought for against the Creek, destroyed another quarter of their already shattered number p 111 Equally horrifying was on his way to 124, having tied up his boat he notices something red Reaching for it, he thought it was a cardinal feather stuck to his boat He tugged and what came loose in his hand was a red ribbon knotted around a curl of wet wooly hair, clinging still to a its bit of scalp p 180 He keeps the ribbon which comes to symbolize for him the tiniest hope for survival among the ferocious slave bounty hunters and the promised haven of 124.In the wake of Paul D s leaving after learning the complete story from Stamp Paid, things collapse in 124 into complete insanity as Sethe and Beloved become inseparable and push Denver out At the end of the novel however, Denver finds a way to banish Beloved definitively by rallying the community of women in a beautiful scene p 261 Paul D rushes back to the side of Sethe, sick, and recalls a description of love by another victim of Sweet Home, Sixo, and his lover, the Thirty Mile Woman she is a friend of my mind She gathers me, man The pieces I am, she gathers them and gives them back to me in all the right order It s good you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind As the curtain falls on the book, the exchange between Sethe and Paul D Only this woman Sethe could have left him his manhood like that He wants to put his story next to hers Sethe, he says, me and you, we gotyesterday than anybody We need some kind of tomorrow He leans over and takes her hand, With the other he touches her face You your best thing, Sethe You are His holding fingers and holding hers Me Me p 273.This is truly one of the most painful and beautiful books I have ever read and should be required reading for high school kids to understand fully the de humanizing aspects of slavery and how sex was used as a tool for oppression But mostly for the stunning love story of Sethe and Paul D.Fino s Toni Morrison Reviews The Bluest EyeSulaSong Of SolomonTar BabyBelovedJazzParadise RIP, Beloved Toni Morrison You changed the way I read Sometimes reality is too painful to address in plain, simple narrative Sometimes truth has to be approached in circling movements, slowly getting to the heart of the matter through shifting, loosely linked stories that touch on the wound ever so lightly, without getting too close too fast Sometimes I read to escape my reality, only to find myself in a universe endlesslycomplicated,painful,difficult to understand and fol RIP, Beloved Toni Morrison You changed the way I read Sometimes reality is too painful to address in plain, simple narrative Sometimes truth has to be approached in circling movements, slowly getting to the heart of the matter through shifting, loosely linked stories that touch on the wound ever so lightly, without getting too close too fast Sometimes I read to escape my reality, only to find myself in a universe endlesslycomplicated,painful,difficult to understand and follow Sometimes basic statements like I could never understand why a mother would kill her child seem to dissolve, leaving a confused feeling of not knowing exactly any what is right and what is wrong, given specific cruel circumstances.Sometimes novels shake me and leave me scarred, endlessly sad and grateful at the same time.Beloved Toni Morrison Your voice sounds loud and clear through the fog of political thought Your characters live and breathe and DO NOT ALLOW FOR simplistic explanations If you want to know what slavery does to people, read Beloved.It will not leave you unaffected It left me speechless Beloved is a novel about haunting it is a novel about the human inability to move on from the past and how easily it can resurface We may try to move on, but it never really leaves us And when the past is painful and full of blood it echoes for an eternityYou know as well as I do that people who die bad don t stay in the ground Enter Beloved, daughter of Sethe, a girl killed by her mother many years previous to escape the shackles of slavery Was it murder Was it mercy Was it both Beloved is a novel about haunting it is a novel about the human inability to move on from the past and how easily it can resurface We may try to move on, but it never really leaves us And when the past is painful and full of blood it echoes for an eternityYou know as well as I do that people who die bad don t stay in the ground Enter Beloved, daughter of Sethe, a girl killed by her mother many years previous to escape the shackles of slavery Was it murder Was it mercy Was it both I don t have the answers, though the past never stays dead The American slave trade can never be forgotten nor should it Although Beloved is the physical manifestation that is haunting her mother, the reality is somewhat different It is her past it is the injustice she faced and a decision she was forced to make that will never leave her Beloved is just the embodiment of it The novel flicks around in time, moving forwards, backwards and then returning the present Sometimes it s mid chapter with no clearly defined shift A character s mind will wonder, returning to a time or place which helps to define who they are in the now Beloved is no light reading It is a demanding book The plot shifts around with little explanation, point of views change randomly and quickly But, again, this is because the past never truly leaves us We may be in the present, though our history will always haunt us And here America is being haunted by her dark past Tony Morrison s prose is eloquent and deals directly with psychological trauma It sthan physical scars and life wasted in servitude it s about what happens after The shackles may have been removed but each former slave will always feel them on their wrists biting into their skin They flock together, building new communities out of those who experienced, and are still experiencing, the pain and hell slavery wrought them They do their best to carry on and make new lives, though racial prejudice still remains And it will for manyyears But who are they now There is also a sense of closeness, of inexperience The world is a vast place, but for former slaves, for those born into slavery, it is dauntingly huge Imagine spending your entire life in one enclosed space, knowing but a small handful of people, and then suddenly having the world made available to you You don t know it You don t understand it All you have ever known is forced labour and the slave master s whip Where do you go Where do you belong Thus, men like Paul D are forced to wonder with no real sense of belonging They go from town to town, relationship to relationship, without establishing a strong sense of identity or roots Pain permeates this narrative It oozes out of the characters and their sad experiences Morrison gets to the heart of the matter and she is uncompromising in her honesty Certainly, not a novel to be missed though I was glad to finish it It s been a while since I last was online according to this computer s calculations thirteen days ago the roles women played at such historical crossroads the ghosts of the burdensome past making cameo It s been a while since I last was online according to this computer s calculations thirteen days ago since then I have finished the monumentally loved Beloved The only way I can describe this sure classic is it s a mix between the most brilliant of Hawthorne his Scarlet Letter bears plenty of similarities to Beloved since it too deals with a time of intense persecution in this country the roles women played at such historical crossroads the ghosts of the burdensome past making cameos in the present haunted house motifs galore and the secret history which comes back again and again the vibrant poetry of Maya Angelou This was written in the 198 Hardly a long time ago, it was analyzed embraced then as it is now for its hodgepodge of ghost story elements, romance, and historical biography Because slavery is such a muddy record in our books, it is certain documents like these, which help widen the scope significantly, to include various P.O.V.s jumps in time, that are truly significant to American Literature The book mirrors the psyche of a woman who chooses liberating death for her child, rather than the awful clutch of slavery It decidedly marks a usually undocumented moment when ex slaves got something close to freedom and had to find out how to live, survive, or try to make way for the upcoming generation outside of slavery BelovedYou are my sisterYou are my daughterYou are my face you are meI have found you again you have come back to meYou are my belovedYou are mineYou are mineIt s 6 o clock in the morning and I have finished with one of the best books I have ever read in the course of my short life I am sleepless and I need a moment to organize my thoughts, sort out my feelings Come back to real life But I can t A part of me is still with Sethe and her daughters, Denver and Beloved at 124 A part ofBelovedYou are my sisterYou are my daughterYou are my face you are meI have found you again you have come back to meYou are my belovedYou are mineYou are mineIt s 6 o clock in the morning and I have finished with one of the best books I have ever read in the course of my short life I am sleepless and I need a moment to organize my thoughts, sort out my feelings Come back to real life But I can t A part of me is still with Sethe and her daughters, Denver and Beloved at 124 A part of me is being tied to a pole and whipped mercilessly for eating a shoat I skinned, butchered and cooked myself A part of me is giving birth to children of fathers who forced themselves on me A part of me is still wondering whether my husband Halle is out there alive and free or long dead A part of me is burying the daughter I killed with a handsaw because I couldn t live to see her being pushed into the endless abyss of torture and humiliation that I had to endure myself A part of me is engraving the wordBelovedon the headstone of my dead girl, because she has no name But it is not I It is Sethe and Sethe is not I.I m not even Baby Suggs Sethe s mother in law who never had a chance to recognize that she was a human being with a beating heart Baby Suggs, who only looked at her own hands at the sunset of life and came to the realization that they were her own Her very own for her own use and not the use of another Baby Suggs, who was forced to accept the kindness of being bought out of slave labour by her own son, at the cost of never seeing him again, never knowing what happened to him.I m not Paul D, being made to wear neck braces as punishment for an act of belligerence, unable to move his head Deeply afraid of starting a new life and adding a purpose to it not knowing what to do with the new found freedom after the Civil War Afraid of loving too much and losing too much because of it.I m just a lucky Indian girl who was born in an era free from the worst form of human rights violation that ever existed on the planet I was not alive during the period of systematic brutalization of one particular race by another just because one proclaimed racial superiority over the other.I was not in the plantations of Kentucky or Georgia or the Carolinas before or after the Civil War I wasn t in the hell called Sweet Home.But Sethe was So were Halle, Paul D, Sixo, Paul A and Baby Suggs and the unnamed ones And a part of me is with them and I still cannot wrest it away.I can perhaps ramble on and on and still be completely unable to write a proper review ofBelovedAnd I won t even try to summarize the book in a few sentences, since that would be deeply irreverent of me Beloved is not just a masterpiece, not even just a remarkable literary achievement Beloved is the beauty of the resilience of the human spirit Beloved is about hope and endurance Beloved tells us about unspeakable cruelty and abuse inflicted on humanity by humanity itself Beloved reveals festering psychological wounds, deep emotional scars that could never ever heal Beloved is profoundly lyrical and empathetic in its depiction of grotesque events that unfolded during the most ignominious part of America s history Beloved wrenches your heart out, shreds it into a million tiny pieces but then stitches all the pieces together and hands your heart back to you all bloodied and messed up.Maybe a few years down the line when I read Beloved again, I will write acoherent review and sound less emotional Maybe I will get every cryptic message Toni Morrison intended for her reader to receive and decode Maybe I will not But I will try.And I will read this book again when I feel like my life is difficult or I can t go on any I m sure Sethe and Beloved will be there to hold my hands and lead me forward.I cannot write any I must go and find myself another tissue.P.S Apologies for the spoilers I have ended up including in the review But I just had to write this the way I did There are reasons why Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature Beloved may be the biggest one The structure is a ghost story about a woman who killed her own children rather than see them be dragged back from freedom to live a life of slavery, and how the guilt of that act comes back to haunt her But the real payload here is a portrayal of the slave existence, how it seeps into every pore, affects every emotion, defines one s world view, how one values education, how willing o There are reasons why Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature Beloved may be the biggest one The structure is a ghost story about a woman who killed her own children rather than see them be dragged back from freedom to live a life of slavery, and how the guilt of that act comes back to haunt her But the real payload here is a portrayal of the slave existence, how it seeps into every pore, affects every emotion, defines one s world view, how one values education, how willing one can be to love another human being It is a triumph, a masterwork by one of the world s great writers, working so well at several levels Sethe is the main character Having already sent her children ahead, this pregnant woman flees slavery in the south and takes up residence with her grandmother, Baby Suggs But when a posse comes to bring her back, she kills her children rather than allow them to become slaves.There is a lot here about identity, defining oneself in one s own terms and not the owner s for example Also, there is commentary on the need for and value of community Sethe s daughter Denver never strays from their home, but when she finally does, she finds that there is help to be had When Paul D is in need the community of free blacks isthan willing to help.The story is based on a real case, on in which Margaret Garner remembered in this book as the family name given to the less horrendous slave owners in 1856 killed her children for the same reason.Most men in this book are oppressors, but a few rise above Mister Garner, although a slave owner, shows at least some signs of humanity Paul D is the most developed male character, struggling with his fears and weaknesses, but in search of truth and peace Morrison utilizes expected literary devices like foreshadowing an early image of a white clad figure hovering over Sethe , flipping back and forth among several time lines, changing from third person to first, classic references p 174 When the four horsemen came schoolteacher, one nephew, one slave catcher and a sherrif the hours on Bluestone Road was so quiet they thought they were too late to great effect More than just a great ghost story or an outstanding tale of slavery, Morrison has written a classic of 20th century American literature It will be read forever

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