Summary Of Beloved By Toni Morrison

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In Beloved, Morrison expresses the impact that slavery has on the black community. We come to know about the past events when Paul D and Sethe communicates about their commonly shared past at Sweet Home. The owners of Sweet Home were Mr. and Mrs. Garner, who dealt with their slaves respectfully. Despite that the slaves at Sweet Home did not have legal or social rights, the Garners allowed them many liberties like to select wives, handle weapons, learn how to read and even buy a mother’s freedom. Still Mr. Garner was a disappointing person as he was a slave owner. Garner permitted Halle to buy his mother, Baby Suggs’ freedom, but Halle told Sethe, his wife, “If he hadn’t of, she would of dropped in his cooking stove... I pay him for her last years and in return he got you, me and three more coming up” (195-96). In order to buy his mother, Baby Suggs, out of slavery, he worked extra jobs every Sunday for five years off the plantation to earn money. Finally, Halle was able to accumulate enough money to buy her mother’s freedom from Mr. Garner. Mr. Garner thinks himself to be the winner of the deal, as he obtained stronger, younger slaves for one slave’s freedom. Mr. Garner claims to have allowed his slaves to live as “real men”, but Paul D simply questions how manly they are. Toni Morrison is very conscious about the black’s social, economic, political, physical, personal, communal and spiritual aspects to get the real vision of the black culture and their reality. Blacks were
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