Sethe's Rememory: Poem Analysis

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1.“Oh, yes. Oh, yes, yes, yes. Someday you be walking down the road and you hear something or see something going on. So clear. And you think it’s you thinking it up. A thought picture. But no. It’s when you bump into a rememory that belongs to somebody else. Where I was before I came here, that place is real. It’s never going away. Even if the whole farm - every tree and grass blade of it dies. The picture is still there and what’s more, if you go there - you who never was there - if you go there and stand in the place where it was, it will happen again; it will be there for you, waiting for you. So, Denver you can’t never go there. Never. Because even though it’s all over - over and done with - it’s going to always be there waiting for you. That’s how come I had to get all my children out. No matter…show more content…
While the “rememories” Sethe speaks of are not actual tangible things you can run into, memories, especially traumatic ones, can seem to be so real in the moment that we feel as though we have been swept back in time. When I think back on memories where something traumatic has happened, they are the most crisp, clear, vivid memories I possess. At this point in the novel, I realized that Sethe may have some degree of PTSD from her time at “Sweet Home.” Because often people who suffer from PTSD feel as though they are actually in a previous traumatic experience, and it seems as though this is what happens to Sethe. The other thing that caught my eye in this passage was Morrison’s diction and style of writing. It is straight to the point, and very real. She has not made Sethe sound like an intellectual woman, but rather a woman who has been denied an education, and who has difficulties sometimes getting what she would like to say out because it is too painful. Lastly, it shows Sethe’s protectiveness over her children, she wishes to shield Denver from pain, even the pain of a
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