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Beloved Nature often times represents a unique calmness Toni Morrison doesnt make any exceptions to this idea In her novel Beloved Toni Morrison uses trees to symbolize comfort protection and peace While Toni Morrison uses tree imagery as a message of serenity and comfort she uses her characters responses to trees to show that perhaps when one lives through a horrific ordeal like slavery people find comfort in the natural world for its calmness and seemingly harmless characteristics With the trees symbolism of escape and peace Morrison uses her characters references to their serenity and soothing nature as messages that only in nature could these oppressed people find comfort and escape from unwanted thoughts Almost every one of Morrisons characters find refuge in trees and nature especially the main characters such as Sethe and Paul D During Sethes time in slavery she has witnessed many gruesome and horrible events that blacks endure such as whippings and lynchings However Sethe seemingly chooses to remember the sight of sycamore trees over the sight of lynched boys thus revealing her comfort in a trees presence Boys hanging from the most beautiful sycamores in the world It shamed her- remembering the wonderful soughing trees rather than the boys Try as she might to make it otherwise the sycamores beat out the children every time and she could not forgive her memory for that 6 Although Sethe wishes she would have remembered the boys instead she probably rationalized this thought because when she asks Paul D about news of Halle she pictures the sycamores instead of the possibility that Halle has been lynched I wouldnt have to ask about him would I Youd tell me if there was anything to tell wouldnt you Sethe looked down at her feet and saw again the sycamores 8 When Schoolteacher whips Sethe leaving her back leathery with scars she refers to the scar as a chokecherry tree to soothe and to lessen
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