Describe the house in Morrison's Beloved.

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In Toni Morrison's novel Beloved, 124 Bluestone Road is as much a character as it is a setting. The house itself is ripe with history, and not just that of Sethe's family. Although Morrison personifies the house early on in the novel, the owner of the house, Mr. Bodwin, also discusses the home's rich past later on, stating that "women died there," specifically his grandmother, mother, older sister, and aunt. We also learn that Sethe's grandmother, Baby Suggs, lived there once she was freed from slavery. Morrison writes about 124 during the time Baby Suggs was there, indicating that the house was "cheerful" and "buzzing." 124 doesn't become the haunted, spiteful home we are shown at the beginning of the novel until Sethe kills Beloved in the shed.

Throughout the novel, 124 continues to change. Morrison initially describes the house as "full of baby's venom," and later on, she also mentions that 124 is loud, then later quiet. All three descriptions hinge on events that take place within the...

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