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Beloved In her novel Beloved Toni Morrison writes about the life of former slaves of Sweet Home Sethe one of the main characters was once a slave to a man and his wife Mr and Mrs Garner After Garners sudden death schoolteacher comes to Sweet Home and 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 ahead to her mother-in-law On the way to freedom a white girl named Amy Denver helped Sethe deliver her daughter who she later names Denver About a month after Sethe escapes slavery schoolteacher found her and tried to bring her back In fear that her children would be brought back into slavery Sethe killed her older daughter and attempted to kill Denver and her boys Sethe along with Denver was sent to prison and spent three months there Buglar and Howard her two sons eventually ran away After about eighteen years another ex-slave from Sweet Home Paul D came to live with Sethe and Denver A few days later while coming home from a carnival Sethe Paul D and Denver found a young woman of about twenty on their porch She claimed her name is Beloved They took her in and she lived with them Throughout the novel Morrison uses many symbols and imagery to express her thoughts and to help us better understand the characters Morrison uses the motif of water throughout the novel to represent birth re-birth and escape to freedom In Beloved one of the things that water represents is birth When Sethe was running away form Sweet Home she was pregnant In order to get to freedom she had to cross the Ohio River On the way to the river Sethe met a young white girl named Amy Denver Amy helped Sethe to keep going because her feet were swollen up
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