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The theme of healing is ever present in the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison Many forms of healing take place with many different characters undergoing the healing process These forms of healing range from healing personal conflicts from within to healing as a community and by overcoming individual prejudices I feel that the overcoming of individual prejudices is one of the most important aspects of this novel Throughout the story Sethe the main character has many encounters with a variety of people These encounters leave a definite impression on her which is why I think that Sethe does the most healing both from within and by overcoming her own prejudices The meeting of Sethe and Amy Denver is the focal point of Sethes healing This takes place when Sethe being pregnant is a slave on the run and goes into labor She meets Amy Denver an indentured servant who is leaving to Boston At first Amy doesnt seem that she wants to help Sethe because of h er skin color while Sethe isnt too trusting of Amys white skin Sethe later states You dont know how theyll jump Say one thing do anotherMorrison 77 This kind of distrust is present in Sethe when she tells Amy that her name is Lu The combination of Amys nonchalant attitude and Sethes distrust displays the prejudices of society at the time As Sethe and Amy converse Sethe realizes that Amy is unlike any other white person she has ever met After Amy tells Sethe about her situation and that her employer also beat her Sethe realizes that not all whites were the slave owners but in fact some were indentured servants Amy then begins to massage Sethes swollen feet and says More it hurt more better it is Cant nothing heal without pain you know Morrison 78 I think that at that point Sethe begins build trust towards trust Amy Amy then goes and finds spider webs to
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