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Beloved Who or what is Beloved Many people think that Beloved is the Devil or a savior Others just take her at face value as Sethes dead child come back to haunt her I believe that all of these ideas come close to her identity but they are still not completely right This is not a story about good or evil but rather a story about facing your own past Beloved the character is simply a physical manifestation of Sethes guilty conscience Sethes desire to save her children from slavery was stronger than her humanity and as a result she brutally murdered her baby and buried it under the headstone Beloved Sethe chose to have this engraved on the tomb because this was the word she heard the preacher say at the funeral all there was to say surelyDearly Beloved 5 The baby is first christened at death with a name by which the preacher refers to the spectators at the burial Sethe thus named the child after herself insofar as she Sethe was whom the preacher was addressing as dearly beloved In this way she brands her detached conscience with guilt I call it her detached conscience because in order to go on with life Sethe needed to remove herself from her guilt She removes herself so completely that her neighbors already upset at her crime isolated her because she seemed to feel no remorse for the awful deed Sethes stoic resolve continues until Denver loses her hearing which was caused by Denver not being able to deal with hearing what her mother had done Only when her mothers conscience manifests itself as the ghost of the baby does Denvers hearing return Denver having as a child suckled her sisters blood with her mothers milk attaches herself to this ghost the manifestation of her mothers guilt She makes friends with it because due to her mothers heinous deed she
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