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Mother love is supposedly the strongest and strangest love there is. For example, Sethe maintains throughout the novel that murder was a better alternative than slavery for her children. How may her statement be supported?
I.Thesis Statement: In Beloved, Toni Morrison’s protagonist—Sethe—believes death for her children is superior to a life lived in slavery.
II. Treated as Animals in Slavery
Sethe’s animal characteristics listed alongside her human ones as an exercise in schoolteacher’s classroom
B. Schoolteacher’s nephews suckle Sethe’s milk from her breast
C. Thirty-Mile Woman is almost old enough to “breed”
III. Denied Dominion over Self in Slavery
A. Baby Suggs’ seven babies sold without her consent
B. Sethe’s mother branded
C. Paul A sold from Sweet Home to meet expenses after Mr. Garner’s death
IV. Torture Used on Slaves
A. Sethe whipped when schoolteacher discovered she has told Mrs. Garner that his nephews stole her milk
B. Paul D forced to wear the iron bit and three-prong collar after his abortive attempt to escape
C. Sixo burned and shot to death after his escape attempt
V. Usually Denied Family Life in Slavery
A. Sethe’s mother “given” to many different men
B. Baby Suggs permitted to keep only one of her children
C. Nan, rather than their...
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