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Mothers always try to make the correct decisions for their children Whether it is with their childrens friends their behavior or any other aspect of their life The Mother in Beloved by Toni Morrison as well as the mother in Media by Euripides makes decisions concerning the survival of their children but were these mothers looking out for the best interest of their child or themselves In Beloved by Toni Morrison the mother makes a very crucial decision in the lives of her children The mother in this story Sethe concludes that it would be better for her children to be dead then for her children to have to suffer because of slavery like she is Sethe as well as all the other women slaves was raped multiple times and was forced into arduous labor She would not be able to witness her own daughter Beloved go through what she had to go through and therefore murdered her She also tried to murder her two sons and other daughter but they were all saved This was for the best because her two sons eventually escaped and did not have to be slaves for much longer and her other daughter became very close with Sethe After this murder takes place Sethe is shunned from the community for eighteen years She is shunned not only for the murder of her child but also for the way she held her head up as if she did such a great act Due to this ones first glance may be to see Sethe as a women without a heart a beast and a ruthless women who does not care about her own flesh and blood but once one learns about all the pain Sethe went through this murder becomes more seems to be a murder committed due to a mothers love for her child In Medea by Euripides the case in which the mother kills her daughter is
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