Banning Beloved Research Paper

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As the book ends Paul D returns, and finds Sethe laying down in Baby Sugg’s bed ready to die (70). Sethe cried out to Paul that she lost the most meaningful person in her life, Beloved (70). Paul D then hugged her as he told her she was the best thing to ever happen to him (70). Instead of Morrison writing about families being separated, she writes about them being sold as if they were livestock (71). Morrison chose to write about the African-American experiences during slavery (Heinze 127). In Beloved, the character Beloved is not just the ghost of a baby but a succubus (Barnett 193). Beloved is fed by the horrible experiences and sexual exploitation of its victims (Barnett 194). In the year 1988, Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize, later accumulating …show more content…

Many of her readers have felt uncomfortable with Beloved because of the severe content it has on some of the aspects of slavery (Dell 44). The people who have been in favor of banning Beloved wanted to protect students from reading subject that may be difficult to understand (Sova Social Grounds 74). In the year 1995 parents of students at St. Johns County School wanted the book to ban because of its explicit details in the book (72). Beloved was challenged at Coeur d’Alene School because parents thought permission should be granted before their children read the book (“Beloved, Toni Morrison” par. 4). In 2007, Beloved was removed form a senior AP English class in Eastern High School because of inappropriate subjects (par. 5). “That anybody white could take your whole self for anything that came to mind. Not just work, kill, or maim you, but dirty you.” (Morrison 251). Scott Leipprant placed a petition on Myspace when he was a sophomore in high school in favor of keeping the book (Sova Social Grounds 70). He mentioned that if the district was to banned the book what were him and his classmate going to learn about the actual corruption done to slaves

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