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"Beloved" Summary

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BC: "Beloved" "Beloved" is written by Toni Morrison and is the winner of "The Nobel Prize" in Literature. ~Sethe lives with her daughter Denver. They live in 124 and except the ghost in the house, they are getting along fine. Then comes Paul D and Beloved, and everything changes. "A story about life after slavery. Heartbreaking, tender, beautiful, and with a hint of color". -Rina H. Magazine

FC: Love Pain Red Orange Blue Yellow Slave Nothing Why? Family Hope Injustice Strong | "Beloved" Summary

1: BELOVED Main Characters: Sethe, Denver, Beloved, Paul D, Baby Suggs Setting: In rural Ohio, a few years after the Civil War Genre: Fiction Author:Tony Morrison Winner of THE NOBEL PRIZE in Literature

2: Protagonist: Sethe Climax: When the white men come to take back Sethe's chidren. Also, when Beloved's true identify is revealed. Theme: "The obstacles of overcoming human suffering", and "It is never too late to start over and make the best of your life".

3: Mood: Melancholy, tenderness, pain, suffering, hope, evil, and love. Symbolism: The color red symbolizes the blood-shed of slaves. Amy-the white girl, symbolizes the proof that whites could be kind.

4: Summary "Beloved" allows its readers to experience the harsh reality of slavery. It is full of emotion and very personal. Sethe is a strong black woman, but she is haunted by her dark past. She has endured everything from being torn away from her babies to being harrased by white men. She has been beaten and should by now have given up on life, like Baby Suggs did. But she has her daughter Denver to think about.

5: Then Paul D enters her life, and with him enter memories she has pushed away long time ago. Then comes Beloved, and slowly, slowly,everything changes.

6: Character Analysis-Denver Denver is the daughter of Sethe, the run-away slave. She has to cope with her mother's pain. Most of all, she has to cope with loneliness. I feel very sympathetic towards Denver because her two brothers have run away. Her grandma Baby Suggs has died, and her mother never gives her attention. She doesn't have very good social skills "Denver stood on the the bottom step and was suddenly hot and shy".(Morrison 12)

7: The only positive thing in her life was the school that she used to attend. There she learned how to write and felt good about herself. Then, one day at school, Nelson Lord told her what bad thing her mama did that sent her to jail, and she never went back. "Certain odd and terrifying feelings about her mother were collecting around the thing that leapt up inside her" (Morrison 108).When Beloved enters Denver's life, she is finally happy. She doesn't feel lonely anymore. Although Beloved pays more attention to Sethe, Denver can still talk to her at night in their bedroom.

8: She also does chores with her, and has someone to take away her loniless that she has felt for so long. As the story progresses, Denver grows and changes. She matures very much. She decides that she's going to put all her fears aside to help her desperate mother. Although Denver is denied affection by her own mother, and does not have one person to share time and good times with (except Denver), she decides to take action and make things happen for herself.

9: She shows that she is a loyal daughter. I think she's a very strong person, mentally. It's very hard grow up with a ghost in your house, with family that runs away or dies, to have a father without knowing his destiny, to have a mother that doesn't pay attention to you, and to have an entire down look down at your family. However, she perseveres. Towards the end of the book, she shows great hope in her future. I believe she has attained this strength from her mother.

10: Although her mother has used up all of her strength, Denver still has them all. Now, because she is free, she can use her strength, hard-work, and attitude to try to build a new life in the midst of family that is to beat by slavery to have strength to do it.

11: AUTHOR Toni Morrison is the first African- American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was was born in Lorain, Ohio. She attended prestigious Harvard and Cornell University. She has two children, Harold and Slade. Some of her other award-winning books include "The Bluest Eye", "Son of Solomon", and "Sula".

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