Slavery In Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Creative non-fiction has ever-growing popularity with a style that recounts a historical event through narrative. It captivates readers with a purpose to entertain the audience through prose as opposed to other forms of non-fiction. Sometimes creative non-fiction pieces enlighten readers about topics that they would otherwise avoid such as seen in numerous written works about slavery. Slavery is a controversial topic as it is associated with a darker part of American memory. However, some authors during their time wanted their audience to bear witness to the atrocity with tales based on true stories. They would range from the action pact pieces such as from Fredrick Douglass’s “The Heroic Slave” and Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” to the…show more content…
A key feminine quality for women in general around this time period was their capacity for being a mother. Throughout the story, Beloved is one of the many memories that haunts Sethe which she tries to repress in vain because she attempted to murder her own child in order to save them from the same physical, emotional, and sexual abuse that she endured during her time working at Sweet Home. However, Morrison depicts this as an act of kindness. Sethe 's character is given a connection to the audience for her motherly instincts, but also a way for the audience to reflect on the fact that her attempted murders were out of motherly love and protection. Placing Sethe in the scope of many women of the time who had lived without the harshness of slavery are forced to confront the weight of a decision that they never had to make nor most likely ever will. Morrison 's use of psychological trauma over the death of Beloved for Sethe has a lasting effect on the audience when compared to the mutinies that occur in both Melville and Douglass 's works. In contrast to the spontaneous events that occur in those two, Beloved tells a story of the psychological horrors that await after a slave obtains freedom from the perspective of a mother that represents the general female population of slaves seen as little more than bodies or objects. In a way, the aftermath of Beloved and Benito Cereno in terms of mental strain on both Sethe and Don Benito are similar except that Sethe 's affliction is due to her strong sense of motherhood whereas Don Benito suffers from a loss of his manhood. Morrison uses Sethe to portray the mental struggle of an escaped female slave depicting the true nature of slavery where she continues to fight even after obtaining some form of
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