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Sethe a Slave to Her Past Beloved by Toni Morrison is a vivid picture of the crueltiy of slavery It is a novel that depicts the horrifying practicies of enslavement in the early Nineteenth Century in the United States of America It is a depiction of the horrible conditions under slavery and the dehumanization suffered by human beings when they are owned by other human beings Beloved is a story of a black womans struggle to overcome her past memories whish are bounded with torture such memories didnt only runi her past but also spoilt her present life America during the Ninteenth was a place where all privilages were given to the white people black people were brought from Africa by ships to cultivate lands and be slaves to the whites Thats why Morrison chooses Sethe as a character representative of a whole generation suffered from the set backs of slavery and of being blacks brought to a community where all rights are given to whites and no others In 1873 slavery was abolished in Cincinnati Ohio for ten years This is the setting where Morrison places the characters for her powerfully moving novel Beloved After the Emancipation Proclamation and after the civil war Sethe the mother who murdered her child in order to protect her from a lifetime of humiliation has yet to know the real meaning of freedom The novel startts with Sethes life at 124 the house which is haunted by her murdered daughters ghost Although noticing this fact might shrills the reader nevertheless you find out that the characters of the novel are coping with this ghost So that you can see Sethe and her daughter Denver are leading theor lives normally moreover they enjoy having this spritual guest with them This incident is justified through Denvers words She is the only othe rcompanion I have
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