Pages 200–217: Summary and Analysis
Sethe comes to the conclusion that Beloved is the embodiment of her murdered daughter who had no choice but to come back in the flesh since Paul D drove her non-material spirit out. She suspects Baby Suggs helped her return. She thinks over the scratches on Beloved’s forehead and sees them as her own fingernail prints from where she had held Beloved’s head back in order to slit her throat and remembers she had wanted to die when she put up Beloved’s gravestone, but couldn’t—she had other children to care for.
Denver had been afraid of Sethe ever since she can remember, feeling safe only in Grandma Suggs’ room at night. Her brothers, before they left, kept telling her how to kill Sethe if...
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