She is thrashed hardheartedly and milked like a cow. She was not even considered as a woman. The whites, “…sucked her lactating breasts” (109). This incident disturbs Sethe to a great extent and so she decides to run away from the plantation. She congregates all her courage and flees to take refuge in the house of her mother-in-law at 124 Bluestone Road.
Blanche, which is Stella 's older sister, arrives in New Orleans as a broken, arrogant, sensitive, and an obvious crumbling figure. Blanche was once married and very much in love with a young man who seemed to be very tortured. He committed suicide after she discovered that he was a homosexual man, and ever since suffering from regret and guilt! Blanche watched as her parents and relatives passed away. She had to endure many hard trials including watching foreclosure fall on their family estate!
The children corrupt the system; they take over the reigns and twist the perceptions of their people until they became the ones in control. With a deadly mix of radicalism and hysteria, the once-peaceful village became a nightmare for those who didn 't fit the perfect Puritanical mold. John Proctor is given a disproportionately punishment to his crime — yes, he commits lechery. Yes, he lies to his community about the affair with Abigail Williams. No individual, however, deserves the suffering these accused witches are forced to experience.
In Beloved, the remarkable novel for which Morrison won the 1993 Nobel prize for literature, this theme is explored in great depth. The novel is based on the real life case of a slave girl - Margaret Garner - who in order to protect her children from slavery, attempted to murder them and succeeded in killing her baby girl. Through the use of her unique and remarkable style Morrison presents us with glimpses of the past which creep through both the cracks in Sethe 's memory and the plot of the novel, revealing a desperate act of love more haunting than any baby ghost. Sethe, in Beloved, by Toni Morrison, cuts her 2-year-old child’s throat to protect her from slavery, a desperation born of her own motherless childhood and her experience of the horrors of slavery. Sethe was beaten and molested when she was pregnant; she had to give birth on a boat and killed her child to save her from slavery.
Liz Lewis, for example in Moral ambiguity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Jazz, argues that, “Beloved reflects how in such a society allowing oneself to love is dangerous practice doomed to heartache.” (2) The slaves somehow did not have the ability to love anyone. Motherliness and familial relations were treated as void that was taken for granted; as the families of slaves were frequently separated and alienated. Their family members were put up for sale and the women slaves were
Each woman that Edwards interacts with is more deranged the last. They wail and exhibit personalities synonymous with those of people who have been traumatically tortured. Their conduct is indicative of the debilitating effect the Comanche has had on them, and further portrays the Comanche as so vicious that simply being with them causes a corrosive psychological impact. Consequently, this further contributes to the notion that the Native Americans are so devoid of morals, that they would even be malicious towards young women. Eventually, the remaining daughter is found residing in a Comanche tepee where she seems to have completely assimilated, and lives as a servant fetching scalps for the Comanche chief
After quite some time, Alphonso wanted her instead of her pretty sister Nettie to marry a man they known only as Mister but with a real name of Albert. Her sufferings continued as Mister treated her as a slave, beaten her often, and treated unlikely as a wife. Her husband also have a mistress named Shug Avery by which the photographs she saw. Her sister Nettie tried living with them but manage to leave due to the advances of Mister. Mister’s sister named Kate felt sorry for Celie’s fate and encouraged her to fight Mister.
Not only this slaves were not permitted to marry because marriage means giving yourself in contract to one another as they were already contracted to their owners. Many such situations can be quoted from the initial part of the text. Slavery was an unbearable institution, which cost many of its victims their life, family, health. Many slaves risked the dangers of escaping to lead themselves and their families to freedom. Similarly did Sethe, she risked for life to free herself she the dreaded chains of slavery.
When it comes to sin there will always be harsh consequences, that will show in time. In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne there is many examples of how the action of sinning will lead to consequences. The Scarlet letter is about a women, Hester, Cheated on her husband Chillingworth, with the town preacher Dimmsdale. As a result of the affair Hester became pregnant with Pearl. Hester was publically shamed and had to wear a Scarlet Letter because of her sin, Dimmesdale identity was hidden and it tortured him inside and this led to his slow painful death.
Even a minor character like Ella who gives an account of what happened to her while being enslaved; she--or rather the narrator-- talks about being raped by her owners, and at one point has a child from them and lets it die by itself. One of the only memories Sethe has of her mom is standing below her mom while she’s being hung. The accounts of each character is a testament to the depth of hurt that was caused by slavery, although these characters weren’t real, the occurances in the novel were not out of the ordinary at the time set in the book. Sethe kills her own child in fear of the pain that white people would take them, and put them through the physical and emotional agony that she had to go through. This means that death, in Sethe’s mind, is better than what they would go through at the hands of a slave