How is syntax used in Beloved?  

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In addition to the other two Educator answers, I would point out that Toni Morrison uses fragments, compound-complex sentences, appositives, and parallelism in her syntax for Beloved. Syntax, at its most basic level, is the arrangement of words and phrases within a sentence.

While the fragment tends to be looked down upon by formal and academic writers since it does not follow typically accepted grammatical rules, the intentional fragment can be used by an author for emphasis.

Morrison opens her novel with an intentional fragment: "Full of a baby's venom."

Another example of syntax is the use of the compound-complex sentence. A compound-complex sentence contains at least two independent clauses (or complete "thoughts") and one dependent clause (a fragment). One example of a compound-complex sentence appears in the opening paragraph of the novel:

The grandmother, Baby Suggs, was dead, and the sons, Howard and Buglar, had run away by the time they were thirteen years old—as soon as merely looking...

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