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Toni Morrisons unique and distinctive style helps control how the reader will respond to the characters and events within the novel Morrison uses several different devices to control how the reader reacts to everything that is happening Some examples of these devices are syntax as tied with the stream of consciousness method of narration point of view and the use of flashback technique The first device that Morrison uses within the novel is syntax with stream of consciousness narration In the second part of the book one of the chapters contains no punctuation This method of writing is better known as stream of consciousness In this chapter Sethe is the narrator and the reader is reading her thoughts Personally I found this method very effective because I could follow Sethes thought patterns and understand what she was thinking Another example of effective syntax is in the third part of the book the last chapter This It is was not a story to pass on pg 274-5 This particular quote was separated into its own paragraph which brought out the importance of this statement It showed how Morrison wanted to stress that the people who came into contact with Beloved could not remember her and even the people who loved her eventually forgot her too They forgot her like a bad dream those that saw her on the porch deliberately forgot her It took longer for those who had fallen in love with her in the end they forgot her too pg 274 Morrison effectively shows the reader with that single sentence in its own paragraph that Beloved seemed almost like a bad dream and nobody could or wanted to remember anything about her The next device used within the novel is point of view Morrison effectively changes the narrator in certain chapters to help control how the reader feels and responds In the first part of the book
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