On hearing this news “So vanished our hopes” (Jacobs 226). These hopes were hopes of freedom from slavery. She was now owned by Dr. and Mrs. Flints property and as the ended into their new homes they were greeted by cold looks, cold word and worse treatment. This is where Jacobs’s faith of life is going to change and the choices she made while going through her rough times. By this time her father had died as well this caused Jacob’s to rebel against God because he had taken away her mother, father mistress, and friend.
Beloved is a book that stirred emotions in its audience throughout the entire story. This is the story of a young girl haunting her mother during the time of slavery. The mother, Sethe, had been a slave for years before she escaped to the free-state of Ohio. However, after a short time, a recovery party had followed Sethe to Ohio to take back the slaves they “rightfully” owned. Knowing how terrible the life as a slave could be, Sethe attempted to take the lives of her children in order to spare their innocence.
However this did not happen this way because Beloved came back to haunt the family which resulted in her two boys leaving because they could not stand the pressure of living in a haunted house. So, again motherhood was inhibited because with out any children there is no mother hood and this is all because of slavery. Although Sethe prevented her children from being put back into the evil forces of slavery, there is a greater question of importance. Can Sethe be thought of as a heroine for releasing them from slavery or is it murder? These questions must also be related back to the real-life character Margaret Garner.
Beloved developed from a baby to monstrosity due to her murder. In the novel, Beloved, the author Toni Morrison allows the reader to indulge in the life of the former slave mother, Sethe, and her family’s fight in the path to free themselves from their past lives. Throughout the novel, Sethe reveals that she had done the horror of killing her child Beloved because she did not want Beloved to live the life of slavery as she did. Beloved eventually haunts her being, from becoming a small figure that shakes the household to a real 19-year-old woman who wrecks havoc amongst the community and terrorizes those who come across her path in wanting to be with Sethe. Sethe and Denver, Sethe’s other child, both contribute to the horrors of Beloved by
Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl No one in today’s society can even come close to the heartache, torment, anguish, and complete misery suffered by women in slavery. Many women endured this agony their entire lives, there only joy being there children and families, who were torn away from them and sold, never to be seen or heard from again. Thesis In the book, Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, Linda Brent tells a spectacular story of her twenty years spent in slavery with her master Dr. Flint, and her jealous Mistress. She speaks of her trials and triumphs as well as the harms done to other slaves. She takes you on the inside of slavery and shows you the Hell on Earth slavery really was.
Slavery and male dominant society occurred simultaneously; therefore, women were twice discriminated, abused, and mistreated. There are multiple indirect and direct records of the suffering women went trough during this horrible and sad period in history. “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs happens to be a vivid account of the incidents in the life of Jacobs, a misfortune girl that as a child tragically lost her parents and discovered she was a slave. Referring to the terrible condition of slavery, she wrote: “You never knew what it is to be slave; to be entirely unprotected by law or custom; to have the laws reduce you to the condition of a chattel, entirely subject to the will of another.” (49) Perhaps the most heartbreaking feeling in the life of slave women happened to be the fact that they were separated from their children at the will of their masters. Being unable to raise their children was hundred times more painful than their heel-strings being cut to prevent them from escaping their masters.
Gradually life becomes intolerable for her. In 124 Bluestone Road, the wandering of the ghost of her murdered daughter also reminds Sethe the time when she had to cut the throat of her baby in order to protect her from the tyranny of slavery. She realizes that her mother had done injustice of taking her life when she needed love and care as an infant. The ghost of her daughter feels
As a result, when Celie's mother passed away, she felt that she killed her mother, when in fact her mother was terminally ill. After two pregnancies, Celie was unable to produce anymore children because her father injured her reproductive system. The children Celie had, her stepfather took them away from her, while in her heart she yearned to find them even years later. Celie's stepfather degraded her and always wanted to keep her self-esteem low by constantly telling her "she is a bad influence on my other girls...she ugly don't even look like she kin to Nettie...she aint smart either"(9). After Celie got married, the way men treated her did not change too much. Celie got beaten in the same manor Mr. _____ beat the children, but only because she was his wife.
There is a real sense that Pecola cannot participate in traditions, or receive wisdom from previous generations, because her family life is so unhealthy. When her own body begins to change, she can only fear it. Her mother has not taken care to prepare her for those changes, in sharp contrast to Mrs. MacTeer, who has fully prepared ... ... middle of paper ... ...Pecola as an individual. She instead sees Pecola as an abstracted representative of a whole social class, a social class she hates, and consequently she was merciless and cruel to Pecola. While everyone continue to treat Pecola bad in every way, Pecola retreats further and further from the real world into madness.
She didn’t know that that memory was going to only add to her daily hauntings. The memories of her cruel act against her children was only one more thing that added to the stack of her upsetting history. She spends her whole life trying to avoid thinking about her past, but that is a hard thing to overcome for a former slave who had to do unspeakable things in order to live. Further in the novel readers discover along with Sethe the ghost in which they call Beloved is the rebirth of her slayed daughter.... ... middle of paper ... ...novel Beloved by Toni Morrison there is a reoccurring theme that history will haunt you and it is shown in this novel by Beloved, Denver, and Sethe. Boris Kodjoe once said, “Don't ignore the past, but deal with it, on your own pace.