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Why Sethes children werent hers It is the ultimate gesture of a loving mother It is the outrageous claim of a slave These are the words that Toni Morrison used to describe the actions of the central character within the novel Beloved That character Sethe is presented as a former slave woman who chooses to kill her baby girl rather than allowing her to be exposed to the physically emotionally and spiritually oppressive horrors of a life spent in slavery Sethes action is indisputable She has killed her child Sethes motivation is not so clearly defined By killing her Beloved child has Sethe acted out of true love or selfish pride The fact that Sethes act is irrational can easily be decided upon 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 Throughout Beloved Sethes character consistently displays the duplistic nature of her actions Not long after Sethes reunion with Paul D she describes her reaction to School Teachers arrival Sethes words suggest that she has made a moral stand by her refusal to allow herself and her children to be dragged back into the evil of slavery From the beginning it is clear that Sethe believes that her actions were morally justified The peculiarity of her statement lies in her omission of the horrifying fact that her moral stand was based upon the murder of her child By
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