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Throughout Beloved the impact of slavery had varying affects on each of the lives of the main characters The novels plot is built through the previous impacts of slavery on Sethe Paul D and Denver Through countless accounts given by the characters of the novel the brutal and horrific aspects of slavery were vividly brought to life Sethe Paul D and Denver find it difficult to be optimistic about the future due to the affect of vicious slavery such as rape imprisonment and murder each had to endure in their past The novel progresses as each character learns to deal with the past and discovers how to cope with their newfound freedom and identity Paul D in my opinion has the most deteriorated sense of self out of the characters as well as the most hatred towards slave owners and the white man in general One of the greatest affects slavery has on a human being is emasculation The feeling of being worthless with an inadequate self of self has more psychological influences on a human being than most would think Paul D was forced to react to the legacy of slavery with hatred and an overall misconception on how to communicate his feelings towards others The novel portrays Paul D as a slave who was consistently losing the ones he loved such as when he lost Sethe to Halle In addition to constant loss and suffering Paul D had trouble defining who he was as not only a person but as a man entirely Paul D experienced slavery the worst when he arrived at Sweet Home Schoolteacher as the owner was called made it his job to dehumanize each of the slaves until they felt as though they were not humans at all The experience at Sweet Home made Paul D believe that he was something else and that something was
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