Why did Toni Morrison use stream of consciousness in "Beloved"? How did Baby Suggs develop through stream of consciousness?

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Stream of consciousness is a style of writing in which the thoughts of a character appear as they might run through his/her brain.  Many can relate to trying to get a task done, but our thoughts are inevitably drawn to thinking of other things that burden us, etc.  Stream of consciousness in writing is a way to make characters real and believable.  If we can see that a character's thoughts are disjointed or not always linear, this can make a character truly relatable to the reader.