Role Of Symbolizm In Beloved Novel

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I think that the house, 124 Bluestone Road, is a symbol of the baby’s ghost. Or maybe not just a symbol, but like an embodiment of it. The baby’s ghost is the house.

Right off the bat, the novel begins with, 124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom (Morrison 3)

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Here, Morrison personifies the house as a person. She could’ve said, 124 is haunted by a spiteful ghost, which would’ve made more technical sense since a house is an object, not a person with emotions. But she doesn’t do that. She says that 124 was spiteful, as though the house is capable of feeling emotions such as spite. This illustrates the link between the baby’s ghost and the house because the house IS the baby’s ghost and vice versa. 124 Bluestone Road isn’t just haunted by a ghost, the ghost is the house itself. Everyone in 124 knows that the house is full of a baby’s venom (Morrison 3), which I think means the baby’s ghost is everywhere: in the walls, the floorboards, the windows, the door, etc.

Also, there’s very compelling evidence that proves 124 Bluestone Road is haunted by a baby ghost. For example, Sethe’s two sons leave the house after each encounter the ghost

As soon as merely looking into a mirror shattered it (that was the signal for Buglar); as soon as two tiny hand prints appeared in the cake (that was it for Howard) (Morrison 3)

And another example when Paul D came to visit and suddenly, the floorboards were shaking and the grinding,

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