Racism And Slavery In Beloved Novel

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The words of Toni Morrison were engraved in my mind like a bible is to a priest. Not long ago, my AP Literature teacher, Mrs. Amanda Durfee, assigned the class a very intellectual and meaningful piece of writing, Beloved Toni Morrison. I can still picture the atmosphere of the classroom, the twinkling lights glistening overhead, the promethean board flickering because someone forgot to change the batteries, and for some reason it was really cold.

All throughout the winter, just like the main character, Sethe, my temporary address was 124 Bluestone Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio. I camped out in the room near the pool of pulsing red light, waiting for a sign from the shedded blood of Sethe’s daughter Beloved. I waited and waited, until 124 was finally quiet. The book Beloved shows the effects slavery had on African Americans, especially the women. Sethe, her husband, and his brothers were enslaved to Mr. and Mrs. Garner, although they were very sweet owners, a slave is still a slave. After the death of Mr. Garner, a close friend of his who Sethe refers to as the Schoolteacher became their owner.

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He was a brutal master and made Sethe and her family suffer. Eventually, they all attempted to escape and the only survivors were Sethe, her children and one of her husband’s brothers, Paul D (who eventually becomes a new love interest for Sethe but that is beyond the point).  Sethe, a mother of 4, and a murderer of one, was able to survive on her own with her children and husband’s mother. The household consisted of herself, her 2 young boys (who eventually ran away to be on their own), the spirit of her first daughter, her second (living) daughter, and her husband’s mother,

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