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In Beloved we learn about the history and legacy of slavery from Sethe Paul D Stamp Paid and Baby Suggs Morrison writes history with the historical voices of the people without the right to speak and Beloved recalls a history that had been lost either due to wanting to forget - as in the case of Paul Ds iron bit Beloved varies in tense between the close and distant pasts It also includes irregular harsh shifts to the present tense In Toni Morrisons Beloved the physical emotional and spiritual destruction caused by slavery continue to haunt those characters who were former slaves even in freedom The most dangerous of slaverys effects is its negative impact on the former slaves sense of self Paul D is so separated from himself that at one point he cannot tell whether the screaming he hears is his own or someone else Slaves were told they were less than human and were traded as merchandise whose worth could be expressed in dollars Paul D is very insecure about whether or not he could possibly be a real man and he constantly wonders about his value as a person Sethe was also treated less than human She once walked in on Schoolteacher giving his students a lesson on her animal characteristics She seems to be separated from herself and filling with self hatred She sees a part of herself as her children Denver her identity with Beloveds and Beloved feels herself becoming physically falling apart Slavery has also limited Baby Suggs self-conception by wrecking her family and denying her the opportunity to be a true wife sister daughter or mother Since they are unable to believe in their own existences Baby Suggs and Paul D is emotional While Paul D was a slave he developed self-defeating coping strategies to protect him from the emotional pain he was forced to suffer through Any feelings he had were locked up in the rusted
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