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Toni Morrisons Pulitzer Prize winning book is a masterfully written tale Beloved begins in the late 1800s in Cincinnati Ohio Sethe a former slave lives with her eighteen-year-old daughter Denver Sethes mother-in-law Baby Suggs lived with them until her death eight years earlier Just before Baby Suggss death Sethes two sons Howard and Buglar ran away Sethe believes they fled because of the malevolent presence of an abusive ghost that haunts their house at 124 Bluestone Road and had done for years Her brothers sudden departure leaves Denver in isolation in time she forms an attachment to the ghost everyone believes to be the spirit of her dead sister Sethe is avoided in the community for the circumstances surrounding her baby daughters death Dubbed crawlin already Sethe killed her first daughter to prevent her recapture from white slave hunters This act has left Sethe and her daughter segregated The arrival of Paul D - an old friend of Sethes from Sweet Home a Kentucky farm where Sethe her husband Halle Baby Suggs and Paul D were owned - at 124 commences a series of events that lead to Beloveds arrival Prior to moving in Paul D chases the houses resident ghost away which makes the already lonely Denver resent him from the start Sethe and Paul D start to look forward to a promising future together until one day on their way home from a carnival they encounter a strange young woman sleeping near the steps of 124 This is Beloved Denver recognizes her immediately as the spirit in her house she used to know and develops an obsessive attachment to Beloved Beloved also forms and attachment to Sethe which is equally if not more intense Paul D and Beloved are suspicious of each other from the beginning this results in his eventual evacuation from the house by Beloved Each character hides and runs from the brutality of their lives in slavery yet cannot
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