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On reading Beloved by Toni Morrison and Don Quixote by Kathy Acker thereseem to be quite a few similarities in themes and characters contained inthese texts the most prevalent of which seems to be of love and languageas a path to freedom We see in Ackers Don Quixote the abortion shemust have before she embarks on a quest for true freedom which is to loveSimilarly in Morrisons Beloved there is a kind abortion the killingof Beloved by Sethe which results in and from the freedom that real loveprovides And in both texts the characters are looking for answers and solutionsin these word-shapes called language In Ackers Don Quixote the abortion with which thenovel opens is a precondition for surrendering the constructed self ForAcker the woman in position on the abortion table over whom a team of doctorsand nurses work represents in an ultimate sense woman as a constructedobject The only hope is somehow to take control to subvert the constructedidentity on order to name oneself She had to name herself When a doctorsticks a steel catheter into you while youre lying on your back andyou to finally blessedly you let go of your mind Letting go of your mindis dying She needed a new life She had to be named Don Quixote 9-10And she must name herself for a man become a man before thenobility and the dangers of her ordeals will be esteemed She is to be aknight on a noble quest to love someone other than herself and thus toright all wrongs and to be truly freeIn another of Ackers works she writes Having an abortion was obviouslyjust like getting fucked If we closed our eyes and spread our legs wedbe taken care of They stripped us of our clothes Gave us white sheets tocover our nakedness Let us back to the pale green room I love it when mentake care of me Blood and Guts in High School 33 In
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