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Slave to Pain Sethe now free from slavery has become a slave again but this time instead of being a slave to a white master she is a slave to her own pain The sources of her pain are numerous including the stealing of her milk the murdering of her child Beloved attempting to kill the rest of her children and two of her children leaving her because of it When Sethes murdered child Beloved returns the pain she feels from these sources intensifies and begins to adversely effect her life Beloveds intentions put simply seem to be to control Sethe to make her a slave but Sethe in the end is able to break free of the slavery and pain by letting the pain go Beloved is the embodiment of Sethes pain Beloved is the symbol if not the child whom she murdered an event which is closely tied to her worst pain The action of killing Beloved occurred while she was trying to kill all her children and it is the reason that two of her children run from her because they fear for their lives Beloved wishes to consume Sethe she wants to own Sethe a relation not unlike that of a master and slave I am Beloved and she is mine Morrison 211 is one of the more eerie statements in the book How Beloved traps Sethe is simple for Sethe the future was a matter of keeping the past at bay Morrison 42 and when her past Beloved catches up with her the future is gone and she is enslaved Whats more Beloved does not intend to allow her slave to go free I will not lose her again Morrison 214 When Beloved returns to the leaves it could be argued that she was either chased away by Sethes rejections and liberation from her slavery or that the relationship between Beloved and Sethe has changed The possible change in
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