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Beloved Set in post-Civil War Ohio it is the story of Sethe an escaped slave who has risked her life in order to wrench herself from a living death who has lost a husband and buried a child who has borne the unthinkable of killing her baby and not gone mad Sethe who now lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter Denver her mother-in-law Baby Suggs and a disturbing mesmerizing apparition who calls herself Beloved Sethe works at beating back the past but it makes itself heard in her memory in Denvers fear of the world outside the house in the sadness that consumes Baby Suggs whose childhood belonged to slavery Sethes struggle to keep Beloved from gaining possession of her present and to throw off the long-dark legacy of her past Morrison attempts to show us the horrors of slavery through its affect on these characters One way that she does this is by showing how desperate the characters are to get themselves and their loved ones away from that awful life known as slavery Sethe shows this desperation when she sends her children away from Sweet Home when she travels alone and pregnant from Sweet Home to Ohio and when she attempts to kill her children to keep them from school teacher Although she hardly can get on without them Sethe in desperation sends her children to live with their grandmother Baby Suggs to keep them from becoming slaves themselves The depth of her need for her children is expressed when she says I wouldnt draw breath without my children This and the mere fact that she is saving milk for her baby girl who is living with her grandmother shows her love for her children Sethe suffers without them yet she makes herself suffer because she knows that they are safer there She sacrifices her time and the
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