Beloved Questions and Answers

Beloved

Toni Morrison's Beloved starts with this line, a reference to the noises and spirits that occupy the house of Sethe, an escaped slave who escapes north to Cincinnati, Ohio, with her children. As...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 7:08 pm UTC

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The phrase has several different connotations, depending on how one interprets the word "pass." Morrison could be saying that this is not a story to "pass on"—that is, bequeath or hand down,...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018 4:11 pm UTC

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I've included a link to the full text of the novel below. If you click on it and then scroll to the bottom of page 81, you will see that the last paragraph on the page begins with the line, "Sethe...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 1:44 pm UTC

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Beloved by Toni Morrison explores the concept of rememory —the process of returning to memories again and again, in such a way that they affect a person's processing of their present. Sethe,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017 12:29 pm UTC

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What a great question! Ironically, there isn't a clear answer that doesn't involve opinion. However, with that being said, I will be happy to share my own opinion on the subject! The...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2010 12:40 pm UTC

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When Denver was born, Sethe was in a small boat on the Ohio River, surrounded by water. More than that, her water broke, resulting in a great gush that preceded Denver into the world. Then, some...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 6:42 pm UTC

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The narrator states that at the carnival, Denver, Sethe, and Paul D "were not holding hands, but their shadows were," implying that while this newly-formed trio is not yet a family (Denver,...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

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In Beloved, Toni Morrison highlights how the horrific, traumatizing experience of enslavement cannot be put into words. Beloved is about a woman named Sethe who escapes enslavement but is later...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2021 5:15 pm UTC

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The antelope metaphor in Toni Morrison’s Beloved appears in chapter 3 of the novel. In a story filled with rich and vivid imagery, this metaphor in particular is quite meaningful. Denver is...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 11:10 pm UTC

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It is as though Sethe's body recognizes what her mind cannot yet process. She's always had a really physical connection to her children: when she sent them ahead to Cincinnati and stayed at Sweet...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2019 1:14 am UTC

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I think that you can find many different paths in answering this question. The novel is more than one centered on the issue of race. It might not do it justice to categorize it as solely one of...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 11:21 am UTC

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Eyes and vision are incredibly important in Beloved in how the story interacts with reality, past experiences, and slavery. Our eyes are usually how we understand the world around us, so when...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 9:20 pm UTC

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Beloved is the representation of guilt and sadness Sethe carries with her permanently about what she has done to her children to keep them from slavery. Beloved's constant need for sugar is the...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 5:04 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018 2:35 pm UTC

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Later in the story, Denver tends to Beloved because she understands that Beloved is her sister, returned to life and no longer a baby ghost. She instructs Beloved not to tell Sethe who she is, and,...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018 2:15 am UTC

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Baby Suggs' quote brings out the deep seeded level of pain and suffering that was a part of the slave experience. Baby Suggs' words help to bring out that there is an inescapable and almost...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 9:57 am UTC

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One of the problems with adapting a novel like Beloved as a movie is that much of the novel deals with people's traumas and abstract representations of past horrors. For example, Sethe continuously...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 4:29 am UTC

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Morrison uses a stream of consciousness style in order to capture the muddled thoughts and feelings of Sethe and Denver and Beloved. Sethe's thoughts and feelings once she realizes that Beloved is...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 8:03 pm UTC

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The circle and cross burnt into Sethe's mother's skin was the mark of her slavery. Like an animal, it was a sign that she was "owned," and it was symbolic of her status as a slave with no more...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 1:50 pm UTC

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One of Toni Morrison’s most famous novels is Beloved, which tells the story of Sethe, a former slave, and her family in Cincinnati, Ohio. In literature, a paradox is a situation or statement which...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 5:47 pm UTC

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Sethe is not her usual, strong self. She has denied herself food, giving it all to Beloved, and run herself ragged trying to prove to her daughter that she loves her and was only trying to protect...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 6:15 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 9:16 pm UTC

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In chapter 2 of Beloved, Sethe remembers, “a man ain’t nothing but a man,” the phrase her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, often used before she died. It is significant that Sethe remembers this now, on...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020 3:02 am UTC

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The bond between mothers and their children is very strong in this novel. The role of mother in the slave community is an important one, filled with love and, at the same time, fear. These women...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2008 8:03 am UTC

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The house known as 124 Bluestone Road (or just 124) in Beloved by Toni Morrison is such a presence that it almost becomes one of the characters in the novel. We get a clue about the changing moods...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2014 11:35 pm UTC

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Sethe can be considered a tragic heroine because of how thoroughly victimized she's been, and how her various victimizations have impacted her life as a free woman. Not only was Sethe subjected to...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2018 11:28 am UTC

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Traditional feminism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as "the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes". This means that women should be equal to men in economic,...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 5:51 pm UTC

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The structure of Beloved is circular in nature, and characters return again and again to events in the past in an attempt to process them. In the following quote, Sethe refers to reliving events as...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2017 12:48 am UTC

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Technically, magical realism is a literary mode that only refers to a temporally and geographically specific form of writing: writing to emerge in Latin America in the mid-twentieth century,...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018 10:29 pm UTC

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Both Ella and Lady Jones help to gather community support for Sethe after Denver finally leaves 124 and asks for help. She goes to Lady Jones because she can remember her, and Lady Jones is...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2009 11:16 pm UTC

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Beloved is "hungry" for a number of different things; in fact, her "hunger" is almost insatiable. In a literal sense, she craves sweets, a fact that Denver discovers early in her stay at the house....

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 1:30 pm UTC

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Before I help you think about the relationship between Paul D and Denver up till chapter five, I think I should go over who Paul D and Denver are. Remember, Paul D was a slave at the Sweet Home...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 1:23 pm UTC

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That these two have selected their own names reveals their independence and their rebellion against slavery. Slaves typically were named by those who owned them, not by their own parents. Stamp...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2009 12:24 pm UTC

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Using animal imagery allows Morrison, the author, to vividly describe how slavery dehumanizes a person. The slaves are treated worse than animals in some cases. The schoolteacher characterizes...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2007 4:39 am UTC

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Paul D went to prison in Alfred, Georgia when he tried to kill the man the schoolteacher sold him to. To say that the conditions were inhumane would be an incredible understatement. These men were...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 6:14 pm UTC

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We ought also to consider the fact that Beloved says that she walked out of the water, and she describes the place where she was before she showed up on Bluestone Road as though it were a slave...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 6:45 pm UTC

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Colors have long been associated with different feelings and emotions. For example, we often associate red with anger, blood, or death and blue with sadness. In the novel Beloved, many objects are...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 7:46 pm UTC

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As a literary term, hybridity is typically used in postcolonial discourse to denote a blend of between Eastern or African cultures and Western culture. In Toni Morrison's Beloved, a relatively...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 11:02 am UTC

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At the conclusion of the novel, Morrison suggests that there is hope to move on from the struggles of the past. For example, one of the Sethe’s biggest struggles throughout the book is her ability...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 1:31 am UTC

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I think that you could make a case for catharsis amongst several characters. In my mind, Sethe undergoes the greatest amount of catharsis. Her narrative in the work is one entirely predicated...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 7:41 am UTC

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This novel is above all else a very powerful and strident examination of race relations in the United States, particularly related to slavery and how whites treated blacks. However, although the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2013 12:46 pm UTC

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Most broadly, Beloved is the past embodied. More narrowly, she is the daughter Sethe killed to prevent her from being enslaved. But as the past embodied, Beloved enables not only Sethe but also...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2007 7:40 pm UTC

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Yes, Denver is a more important character in this novel than Beloved. It is Denver whose growth from a young girl into a woman that readers follow: we see Denver struggle to develop an identity...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016 10:45 pm UTC

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1. I view Baby Suggs' calling as a the calling of a down-home preacher with a touch of real-life abolitionist-feminism. You're right, the sermon with the people gathered around definitely has a...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2015 5:19 pm UTC

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Unlike the Pauls Garner, there seems to be something untameable, unbreakable about Sixo. The other enslaved men can all be compelled to obey schoolteacher and his nephews, but there is something...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019 9:11 pm UTC

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Stamp Paid is a complex character. He is a giving and altruistic character who helps ferry escaped slaves across the Ohio River to freedom as part of the Underground Railroad. He helps Sethe across...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2017 1:24 am UTC

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We witness slavery's dehumanizing effects in the novel in Sethe's and Paul D's recollections of their time at Sweet Home. Sethe remembers overhearing a conversation between the schoolteacher and...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 4:41 pm UTC

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Paul D struggles to define his manhood because of the the traumatic effects of slavery. There are many approaches you could take to this question, but I will highlight a few critical elements of...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020 6:57 pm UTC

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A more prevalent interpretation of Sethe's killing of her child at the end of the novel is one, not of repression, but of expression. Rather than have her child live as a slave, Sethe frees her of...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2014 1:22 am UTC

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Concerning your question about magic realism in Beloved, no one can speak for the writer. We can only tell you what the effects of magic realism are in the novel. First, magic realism, according...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010 8:48 am UTC

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