Hidden Pain And Suffering In Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Thereafter, the hidden pain and suffering that we struggled so hard to keep from one another could no long be obscured. My mom would discretely leave the room without saying a word, but I knew exactly where she was going. Just like my grandmother, she couldn’t let the people around her see her at her weakest. She was going upstairs to let out the sorrow and grief that she tried so hard to hide from my brother and I. It happened so frequently that I tried to avoid leaving her alone in order to keep from aching. It didn’t take long for her to realize my intentions and she would ask, “how are you coping so well with all of this?”. Little did she know that I waited until bedtime when the lights were out and I was alone in my room to let my own …show more content…

But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. … Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Peter 4:12-19). Why would God tell one to rejoice in their suffering? The passage knocked me into such a deep reflective thought that I finally asked myself the one question that I had been avoiding— could my grandmother’s passing actually be serving a greater purpose or have a greater meaning than the superficial pain that was brought over my entire …show more content…

Instead, we live in a world of free will. A world where my choices and decisions are what differentiates me from my peers. A world where my personal goals as well as the actions taken to reach those goals make me unique. A world where my pain and my way of dealing with my pain sets me apart from others. It makes me who I am. It gives my life a meaning and a purpose. Although it was difficult to initially wrap my head around this thought, I’ve come to believe that suffering is what provides us with this freedom of choice. Suffering gives us life. Without suffering, there would be no happiness nor prosperity because it would be masked by a monotonous lifestyle of perfection. Without suffering, there would be no opportunity for growth or development. Without suffering, there would be no balance in life. Without suffering, we would fail to seek

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