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The strength of an ox Sethe took her children to what she considered to be a better life of freedom and peace of mind Sure that running to baby Suggs home would bring her a newfound respect for herself she didnt think of the schoolteacher finding her Sethe had great love for her children Her attempt to kill them all was extremely brutal but in some cases hardly but justifiable The question is whether it was done out of love or a way to free herself Sethe is a former slave who I consider to be a exceedingly strong black woman who chooses to kill her baby girl rather than allowing her to be exposed to the physically and emotionally damaging horrors of a life spent in slavery There is no other way to see it other than she murdered her child By killing her child so dear to her heart the question arises to us whether Sethe acted out of true love or selfishness The fact that Sethes act is irrational can easily be decided upon A question I ask my self to justify her doing is does Sethe kill her baby girl because she wants to save the baby from slavery or does Sethe end her daughters life because of a selfish refusal to reenter a life of slavery By examining the complexities of Sethes character it can be said that she is a woman who chooses to love her children but not herself Sethe kills her baby because in Sethes mind her children are the only good and pure part of who she is and must be protected from the cruelty and the dirtiness of slavery In this respect her act is that of love for her children The selfishness of Sethes act lies in her refusal to accept personal responsibility for her babys death She continuously says she didnt want them to be born there Sethes motivation is dichotomous in
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