In a post Civil War era, Sethe, a former slave, is raising her daughter Denver in the house of 124 which is currently being haunted by Sethe’s baby which was murdered many years ago. The house is secluded after the death of Baby Suggs and the runaway of Denver’s two brothers. Sethe and Denver live in the past at this house until Paul D arrives. With him, he brings the family atmosphere Sethe always wanted, “the notion of a future with him...was beginning to stroke her mind” (42). Throughout the novel, Sethe and Denver are obsessed with the idea of a family. This notion drives many of their decisions which take place. Paul D realizes the haunting of the ghost and demands it to leave, and it does. Things are going great until the group comes back from the carnival and come home to a mysterious woman with the name of Beloved, which is coincidentally the same thing that was carved on the dead baby’s tombstone. Sethe and Denver become infatuated with her, while Paul D knows something is not right.
The novel becomes quite scandalous. Denver admits she will do anything for Beloved, but Beloved repeatedly states that she is here only for Sethe. Beloved realizes the relationship between Sethe and Paul D, and it is almost as if she craves something ...
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...te at night though. This novel truly showed the inhuman behavior of slavery. Even after the Civil War, things were not as easily as fixed as thought to be. I feel that this novel connects back to the idea of your past coming back to haunt you. Beloved was Sethe’s past which comes back to haunt her from her mistake of trying to save her family from the inhumanity of slavery. Again I cannot help to wonder that there had to be another way! Yet in this time, a happy ending was not considered at all. One comes to the understanding of why Sethe did what she did, but is unable to reason with it. Love drives people to absurd extremes, but fear does as well. Sethe’s decisions were driven due to both. This novel makes an individual incredibly grateful to live in times where happy endings are possible in this country. Now, what can we do to help others that are not as fortunate?
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