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Beloved by Toni Morrison is a piercing novel of powerful images of captivating tenderness and constant self-abasement The conflict is centered around the revages caused by slavery in America which prompts the protagonist sethe to flee the ironically named Kentucky plantation Sweet Home in search of a life of diginty and freedom in the free state of Ohio This contemporary novel succeeds in proving the immense prower of the spirit the power of the memory and the power of love The novel begins with an ironic situation Sethe an ex-slave finds herself in a free state yet she is far from being free Her spirit is still linked to her past Her every waking hour is filled with memories too painful to forget The opening scene of the novel begings with Sethe remebering her dead baby She is at 124 in Cincinnati as she recalls that it124 Bluestone Road is full of babys venom She ponders Who would have though that little baby could habor so much range Beloved offers powerful images one of which is color There are reds blues greens whites and even pink There is the white dress with the unknown face spotted by Denver There is teh piercing red light that causes Paul D to shudder before entering Sethes house There is the white stairway that leads uo to heaven a world above the pain and suffering of the below Ther is the colorful quilt These colors are symbolic of serenity and anger they represent life But an ex-slave could remember a colorless world a world without life Beloved is not a world of right and wrong It is a world of colors and immagination it is not a racial statement but a plea for personal self-examination All races have been victimized by mans inhumanity to man and the furits that have been sown have been far-reaching These fruits are firmly rooted and are still being harvested today The Black family
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