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Tobacco Tin TroublesBeloved a novel by Toni Morrison chronicles the lives of African Americans post slavery The protagonist Sethe is an ex-slave who is plagued by her past is reunited with her slain daughter Beloved Paul D a man whom Sethe knows from their former plantation Sweet Home finds her after eighteen years and they begin a relationship Paul D istrying to forget his former life which has left him broken Through a multi layered viewMorrison uses Paul Ds tobacco tin to convey a variety of motifsPaul Ds tobacco tinisthe result of the dehumanizing experiences of his past When he opens up to Setheand shares hischilling experience at the prison camp in Alfred GeorgiaSaying more might push them both to a place they couldnt come back from He would keep the rest where it belonged in that tobacco tin buried in his chest where a red heart used to be Its lid rusted shut He would not pry it loose now in front of this sweet sturdy woman for if she got a whiff of its contents it would shame him It would hurt her to know that there was no red heart bright as Misters comb beating in him 86Paul D is ashamed of his past that has essentially desensitized himBuried is diction describing the location of the tobacco tin as being deep down and hard to attain It is difficult for Paul D to revisit the difficult memories of the past Red is an archetypal color which represents love and passion Paul D has changed He was a man able to emotionally express himself but because of his past experiences he is now unable to fully be enthusiastically openThe author uses specific diction such as the word rusted which depicts Paul D hiding his emotions has been something that has occurred over time Because Paul D would not open his tobacco tin indicates that he is able to control his emotions Pry is
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