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Beloved April 19th 1996 A critical analysis of the main characters and plot from the novel Beloved BY TONI MORRISON Frank Mancini irgixnetcomcom Beloved is a novel set in Ohio during 1873 several years after the Civil War The book centers on characters who struggle fruitlessly to keep their painful recollections of the past at bay The whole story revolves around issues of race gender family relationships and the supernatural covering two generations and three decades up to the 19th century Concentrating on events arising from the Fugitive Slave Act of 1856 it describes the horrendous consequences of an escape from slavery for Sethe her children and Paul DThe narrative begins 18 years after Sethes break for freedom and it gradually persuades the reader to accept the haunting of 124 Bluestone Road by a 2 year old child killed by her mother Sethe Full of babys venom The women in the house knew it and so did the childrenby 1873 Sethe and her daughter Denver were its only victims Page 1 The novel is divided into three parts Each part opens with statements as to indicate the progress of the haunting-from the poltergeist to the materialized spirit to the final freeing of both the spirit and SethePart I 124 WAS SPITEFUL Page 1 Part II 124 WAS LOUDPage 169 Part III 124 WAS QUIET Page 239 These parts reflect the progressive reconciliation of a betrayed child and her desperate mother Overall symbolizing the gradual acceptance of freedom and the enormous work and continuous struggle that would persist for the next 100 yearsThe dynamics of the story attempt to distance the reader from an immediate and direct
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