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hogar17 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM via web

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How does Morrison's concept of re-memory in "Beloved" contribute to the presence state of black community in America?

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chamberst | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted December 2, 2011 at 9:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Morrison uses rememory throughout Beloved to portray a memory that is so painful and has had such a profound psychological effect on its owner that the character will literally relive the entire scenario. Morrison explains that one can even experience someone else's rememory, because rememories are such a strong force. No matter how hard a character might try to forget something, such as Sethe trying to forget her frightening time at Sweet Home, the thoughts always come back in a vivid reliving of the memory that can include sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings. This can be seen as representative of the state of America's black community if we consider the historical context that seems to shape black Americans today. Even twenty-first century African-Americans still come in contact with stereotypes and expectations that trace back to the times of slavery and oppression or segregation and racism in America's history. People can try to forget the terrible things the black community has gone through in the past, but no matter how hard a person with black skin might try, there will always be these daunting reminders of their past and they can never escape the never ending cycle of vicious racism.

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