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Beloved is indeed a coming-of-age story While it may be thought that the coming-of-age aspects of the story revolves around Sethe the aspects of coming-of-age revolves around Sethes daughter - Denver By using the various events of the story that affect Sethe Morrison is able to create a situation where Denver is forced into leaving her home and entering the world as a woman instead of a child At the beginning of Beloved the character of Denver is portrayed as little more than a child Denvers hunger for company seen through her desire to play with the ghost of 124 allow the reader an early grasp at her situation - while Denver is eighteen years of age she still acts as though she was half of that number Every moment of Denvers life is also spent within the confines of 124 as is seen throughout the novel the few times that Denver has left 124 occurred early in her life and after the events which drove her brothers away from 124 Denvers first actions towards Beloved also shows her more childlike personality Where an adult would treat Beloved a stranger as a normal human being Denver chose to treat Beloved to the best that she could and desired every second of Beloveds time - such as a child seeking attention or in front of an idol of theirs would act From what can be seen Denvers personality does not change from her early childhood to her late teens she remains a static character until she is forced to finally reach outside of the shell she has built up around herself Where the story changes from a static one concerning Denver into a coming-of-age story is when Beloved and Sethe face off with each other The gloom and sadness along with the outright hate that can be felt in 124 after Sethe lost her job drew Denver to seek help outside of the confines of her
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