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In Toni Morrisons Beloved Denver is introduced to us as somewhat of a simple child unnaturally reliant on her mother and unusually immature for a girl of eighteen years Nevertheless as the novel progresses she undergoes a great amount of learning and personal growth However Denvers procurement of knowledge is not attained through her experiences with formal education at Lady Jones school rather Denver learns through lifes challenges It is Denvers eventual entrance into the world of knowledge and maturity that saves Sethes life and rids 124 of Beloveds vengeful spirit Denvers initial experiences with the conventional education of Lady Jones school are very positive She finds herself intrigued by learning and looks forward to the two hours she spends every afternoon with Lady Jones However Denver extracts more from schooling than just book knowledge She begins to realize that she can be independent from Sethe and looks forward to school because she does everything on her own and she was pleased and surprised by the pleasure and surprise it created in her mother and her brothers 102 This newfound learning is something that Denver can cherish as her own thus acting as the impetus of Denvers self-confidence However Denvers love for learning does not last long Although in the beginning she was so happy she didnt even know she was being avoided by her classmates 102 her oblivion does not last forever Denver finds out the truth about Sethes murderous past and as Morrison writes she never went back 102 Her conventional education is swiftly and effectively squelched Instead of trying to overcome this severe loss in her life Denver reacts to it by drawing back from the world around her She is not mature enough to face her troubles and instead she walks in a silence too solid for penetration 103 thus extending her loss of an education to a loss of contact with the outside world
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