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Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

The range of possibilities for stimulating conversation about Beloved are nearly endless. Perhaps the most fruitful areas involve tone, or the attitudes toward the characters and circumstances implicit in the diction and arrangement of details. Is Beloved a ghost or a daughter come back to life? Is her obsession to possess Sethe's life treated as a dreadful, or as an inevitable, consequence of Sethe's taking her life? Can their interaction be viewed as positive or as negative for Sethe's healing? Is Sethe on the path to recovery at the novel's end?

In addition to these questions, groups might engage in these kinds of more focused investigation:

1. Why does Morrison represent the Garners, who owned Sweet Home , as well-intentioned individuals ("nice Nazis") who engage in an immoral enterprise, rather...

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