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Escaping from the Past in Unity Toni Morrisons Beloved is a book about a community made up of individuals running away from their pasts In meeting a few of those individuals and learning how and what they are running from it becomes obvious that no one can deal successfully with the burden of past memories alone Those who attempt to face their troubles alone wind up tiring out and giving up as is demonstrated by Baby Suggs Sethe and Paul D however try to fight back the past only to realize it cannot be done alone After doing so they find that with the community or a loved one to encourage you to put some of your weight in their hands the present becomes tolerable and a future possible regardless of the past 22 Baby Suggs a prominent figure in the community with an intolerable present and past learned early on what it was like to be left alone to deal with difficulties When the community that had served as her strength withdrew its support because they were angry and had taken offense to the uncalled-for-pride Baby flaunted when her grandchildren and daughter-in-law were finally together she no longer felt the support 137 As if the weakness Baby was suffering from their disapproval was not enough the family was hit with another blow when Sethe was imprisoned As Sethe is being taken away by the sheriff the community who was already looking unfavorably upon the familys pride asked the questions Was her head a bit too high Her back a little too straight 152 These questions foreshadowed how as long as 124 continued to be prideful the community would keep their support withdrawn from the family that lived within As a result Baby Suggs Sethe and the rest of the family was left to deal with their trials alone Hence Baby who at one time found her strength in the community lost that
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