Theme Of Revenge In Toni Morrison's Beloved

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It is quite unlikely for one to contemplate murder, but even more unlikely for it to be the murder of one’s own child. While the event of murder is more common than expected, revenge may be the source of anger buildup that leads to the horrendous acts. What may seem yet even stranger to some is if the victim resurrects and seeks a greater revenge. If a wrong is done to someone, should they be allowed to get revenge to whatever lengths they see fit? That question is the heart of Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved. Sethe had a tough life in slavery, having to run and escape while pregnant. She had to make the gruesome choice before leaving about how to make the trip easiest and most successful. Using these factors, she had determined that killing her first child, Beloved, would be the best course of action. She did it quick and as painless as she could, yet the mark still remains to taunt her. While it could be argued that she made the right choice, the child would obviously take on a very biased perspective. Beloved desires a very different type of revenge, she thrives to make her mother and younger sister Denver suffer in a prolonged similar way to her. Throughout a majority of the novel, Morrison makes it clear how revenge is a dish best served by oneself. With the tone she ridicules the antics of Beloved, it is easy to unveil her bias to the plot. Beloved shows that even though revenge sounds sweet, it may never have a good outcome. Whilst the main source of revenge going
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