Summary Of Mothers In Morrison's Beloved

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Mothers in Morrison’s narratives are depicted as having their own sexuality, but at times, the sexual encounters in the novels are expressions of the characters’ need to feel close to someone in their search for security, rather than sexual desire. Sethe attempts this intimacy with Paul D and she tries to enjoy her body that was abused before by men when she was a slave. Sethe also tries to escape, as mentioned previously, by trying to connect to a man but it is difficult since she has been betrayed by her lover before. Eva’s sexual life is more limited but her flirtations and charisma keep men fascinated. However, another explanation might be applicable to Eva’s sexual behaviour. She does not care about establishing emotional bonds with certain men. Eva and Sethe, as an effect of the experience of slavery are not able to trust that their lover will not betray them and thus it…show more content…
Morrison 's two works are filled with situations where mothers are put to the test; obligations are sole providers, demand in the upbringing of their children and the way in which they make use of their power are constantly being supervised and questioned by the community and society and it also argues that some of what these women think, feel and act can be regarded as an outcome of slavery. In Beloved, Morrison portrays a single woman named Sethe, who raises her children with the memories of slavery constantly present. In Beloved the author explores the mother-child bond, presenting depictions of the supernatural where the reader witnesses a dead infant return to life. Sethe is a mother who has experienced terrible events and she is a woman of tremendous, inner strength who has survived the brutality which was a common aspect of slavery. As a result of having experienced the evils of slavery her greatest fear is that her children will suffer this as well. Moreover, in Beloved, as in Sula, the responsibility for raising their children lies with the mother as a result of the absence
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