Beloved Essay

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Beloved



BELOVED

Toni Morrison was born in Loraine, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She has accomplished many
things from then until now. From writing several books to being a trustee of the National
Humanities Center, she finds the time to remain grounded and stable. She has written many
books, one namely Beloved which focuses on one woman’s trials and tribulations.

Beloved is about a woman named Sethe, now living in the Reconstruction-era farming country
of Ohio. Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery, but is haunted by its heritage.
She must deal with this haunted life on every level, from the fires of the flesh to the
heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil
War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison's
greatest novel, a dazzling achievement. The story traces Sethe's history back and forth
through time, both as a free woman and as a young slave on a plantation known as Sweet
Home. When another former slave, Paul D wanders into Sethe's life, he stirs up memories of
her past. Paul D wants to help her forget those memories, but her back carries horrible
scars from the beatings of a lifetime under the control of another man, making forgetting
almost impossible. The ghost of a baby daughter also keeps Sethe's memories alive, a
spirit bent on evil and destruction. One day, a strange woman appears in Sethe's yard,
covered in insects and speaking in a "possessed" voice, shall we say. This strange woman
is called Beloved. Sethe takes Beloved in and ignores her disgusting behaviors like
vomiting on everything and wetting the bed and trying to seduce Paul D.

"I certainly thought I knew as much about slavery as anybody," Morrison told the Los
Angeles Times. "But it was the interior life I needed to find out about." It is this
"interior life" in the throes of slavery that constitutes the theme of Morrison's Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel, Beloved. Set in Reconstruction-era Cincinnati, the book centers on
characters who struggle fruitlessly to keep their painful recollections of the past at
bay. They are haunted, both physically and spiritually, by the legacies slavery has
bequeathed to them. The question in this novel, Morrison told PBS host Charlie Rose, was
"Who is the beloved? Who is the person who lives inside us that is the one you can trust,
who is the best thing you are. And in that instant, for that segment, because I had
planned books around that theme, it was the effort of a woman to love her children, to
raise her children, to be responsible for her children. And the fact that it was during
slavery made all those things impossible for her."

"(My aim was to create)... a tone in which I could blend the acceptance of the
supernatural and a profound rootedness in the real world at the same time with neither
taking precedence over the other. It is indicative of the cosmology, the way in which
Black people looked at the world. We are very practical people, very down-to-earth, even
shrewd people. But within that practicality we also accepted what I suppose could be
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