Without names, she threw them. You she gave the name of the black man. She put her arms around him.” (62) Therefore, Sethe is the only child her mother conceived in love or conceived willingly at least. Deborah Hevitz even suggests in “Nameless Ghosts: Possession and Dispossession in Beloved” in Studies in American Fiction, that, “Beloved is not only the reincarnation of Sethe’s dead daughter but she is also the detailed representation of Sethe’s mother.”(158) Not only is she a representative of Sethe’s mother, but she represents much more. Sethe longs for the relationship she was denied with her mother.
This played into Morrison’s idea that an ancestral history of suffering cannot be easily erased, but it can fade over time with hard work and support from your community. When the community came to help Sethe after exiling her years go, they allowed Sethe to set some her demons free, like Beloved. Denver reconnecting with the community allowed her mother to begin to move out of the past and start there family’s long road to being at peace with the demon’s of their
Sethe uses this as a way to hide the past and acknowledge what really happened to Beloved all those years ago, because she does not want to have “rememory” of it. She then chooses to acknowledge the hatred that Beloved had for Paul D as a product of these horrific events she paints a picture
Sethe, like many other female slaves, was raped, tortured, sold, and was forced away from her children. This led to deep psychological damage as well as physical scars. From Sethe’s point of view,
While Morrison depicts myriad abuses of slavery, like brutal beatings and lynching, the depictions of and allusions to rape are of primary importance; each in some way helps explain the infanticide that marks the beginnings of Sethe’s story as a free woman. Sethe kills her child so that no white man will ever “dirty” her, so that no young man with “mossy teeth” will ever hold the child down and suck her breast (Pamela E. Barnett 193) Stamp Paid, a former slave who ferries Sethe and Denver across the Ohio River, tried to take Beloved’s corpse from the mother’s clinging hands and give Denver to her. A mother killing her own child is an act that subverts the natural order of the world. A mother is expected to create life, not destroy it, but with Sethe’s case, she was insane and out of control at that specific moment when she imagined that her child might face the same assault in the future. Thus, she prefers to put an end to this situation.
In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, Sethe, Denver, and Paul D each attempt to cope with their horrific pasts amidst a world haunted by the horrors of slavery. Paradoxically, these memories of despair often accompany intense feelings of motherly love, desire, and hope. Throughout the novel, the color red symbolizes this dichotomy through representing both the past memories of violence, hatred, and death associated with slavery along with the feelings of love, desire, and hope for a better future. After horrific oppression and brutality at Sweet Home plantation and the prison at Alfred, Georgia, Paul D carries a “tobacco tin lodged in his chest” concealing his memories and emotions from his slave life (Morrison 133). Despite Paul D’s fervent attempts to escape his past and conceal the feelings that come with it, he experiences brief pulses of emotion which are represented through the color red.
Both two characters were oppressed during those times and patriarchal took a stand on all society, again woman were subjected by the race as it was only lacks who took a form of being the slaves. Sethe and Denver are the slavery escapes in the novel of Beloved, both of them believed that their house was haunted by the ghost by the name of Beloved. Sethe worked as a slave at Home Sweet and was found by master, who tried to attempted to capture her and her children, but likely he escaped and ran away in the tool shed and attempted to kill them all. Sethe only succeeded in killing her older daughter by cutting her throat with the saw, after she explained to the white mans that she was trying to put them in the safe place, so this is the other way which Sethe tried to escape slavery, oppression and as the mother she did not want her children to have the experiences she faces that is why she tried to kill all the children. Another
Sethe figuratively returns to the murder of Beloved and erases from her life some of the overwhelming impact of that action, giving herself a chance to reintegrate her profoundly fractured psyche. It is almost as if there is no longer a fleshmemory of her murder of her child. Intellectually Sethe knows it happened, but the memory of it functions like a demagnetized tape recording; traces of the recording remain perhaps, but they can no longer play themselves out at anything like original volume. (Koolish 186) At this moment, Sethe focuses her rage on the cause of all her pain and misery i.e. the while folk.
In both roles, Beloved uses cruelty to speak for her two intentions. As the ghost of slavery, Beloved’s intention includes wanting a voice and accounted for rather than forgotten. As the daughter, Beloved’s intention includes wanting love from her mother who took her life to save her from reality during the time of Sethe’s enslavement. To alleviate the exertion for herself, Beloved combines her two intentions and directs it toward