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In her novel Beloved Toni Morrison writes about the life of former slaves ofSweet Home Sethe one of the main characters was once a slave to a man and his wifeMr and Mrs Garner After Garners sudden death schoolteacher comes to Sweet Homeand takes control of the slaves His treatment of all the slaves forced them to run away Fearing that her children would be sold Sethe sent her two boys and her baby girl aheadto her mother-in-law On the way to freedom a white girl named Amy Denver helpedSethe deliver her daughter who she later names Denver About a month after Setheescapes slavery schoolteacher found her and tried to bring her back In fear that herchildren would be brought back into slavery Sethe killed her older daughter andattempted to kill Denver and her boys Sethe along with Denver was sent to prison andspent three months there Buglar and Howard her two sons eventually ran away Afterabout eighteen years another ex-slave from Sweet Home Paul D came to live withSethe and Denver A few days later while coming home from a carnival Sethe Paul Dand Denver found a young woman of about twenty on their porch She claimed her nameis Beloved They took her in and she lived with them Throughout the novel Morrisonuses many symbols and imagery to express her thoughts and to help us better understandthe characters Morrison uses the motif of water throughout the novel to represent birth In Beloved one of the things that water represents is birth When Sethe wasrunning away form Sweet Home she was pregnant In order to get to freedom she hadto cross the Ohio River On the way to the river Sethe met a young white girl namedAmy Denver Amy helped Sethe to keep going because her feet were swollen up WhenSethe and Amy got to the river Sethe thought the baby had died during the previousnight However she soon felt the signs of labor It
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