The first event in the novel occurs when Baby Suggs is born into slavery in 1795. The Last even in the novel occurs in 1875 when Sethe stabs Mr. Bodwin and Beloved disappears. This time period takes the characters from the time of slavery to tumultuous time after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The plot is complicated and difficult to follow because it jumps back and forth in time (a style typical of Modern literature). There are several strains of plot that all come together into one cohesive story. Try to make a time-line of events as you read.