Much like a ghost, Beloved’s Sethe is caught in limbo between her past and future. She constantly struggles between the remembrances triggered by Beloved and the opportunities afforded by Paul D. Having never matured into the present, Sethe finds consolation in Beloved, who personifies both the good and the bad of her past. With the … Read moreLimbo

Variations of Prose Style in Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’

That Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ is stylistically diverse cannot be doubted: Morrison’s novel appears straightforward at first glance, opening with blank verse in a standard prose narration, but over the course of the story the style varies to contain differing levels of imagery and metaphor, as well as changes in tense, changes in register, free indirect … Read moreVariations of Prose Style in Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’

Naming, Self-Ownership and Identity in Beloved

The main characters in Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” are former slaves; their main struggle, after having been stripped of their humanity and identity by the white men who owned them, is to reclaim self-ownership and form identities independent of those forced upon them by their owners under the system of slavery. Morrison uses the themes of … Read moreNaming, Self-Ownership and Identity in Beloved

Interpretive Possibilities in Beloved

Discuss the elements which keep interpretative possibilities open in Beloved. How far are these resolved or not by the end of the narrative?’…definitions belong to the definers ­ not the defined.'(Beloved, p.190)When Sixo provides an explanation for shooting shoat on Mr Garner’s property, this is schoolteacher’s immediate and uncompromising reaction to the slave’s attempt at … Read moreInterpretive Possibilities in Beloved

Inescapable Hauntings in Caleb Williams and Beloved

Written almost two hundred years apart, William Godwin’s Caleb Williams and Toni Morrison’s Beloved convey stories in which the characters attempt to find freedom by fleeing from unfair oppression and the haunting remnants of oppression. Caleb Williams, the titular protagonist of Godwin’s novel, attempts to escape from the persecution of his cruel master, Falkland, while … Read moreInescapable Hauntings in Caleb Williams and Beloved

Nature – Toni Morrison and Christina Rossetti

For centuries, nature in literature has been used as a means to reflect both our society and humanity. Both Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Christina Rossetti’s selected poems use nature as both a tool of oppression and a support, challenging the inequalities and ideals of their times. However, within their contexts – Morrison writing in the … Read moreNature – Toni Morrison and Christina Rossetti

The Symbolic Significance of Colours, Trees, Naming/Re-naming and Water in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Toni Morrison through her novel, Beloved (1987), attempts to reacquaint the readers with the history of American slavery by choosing to present it through the African-American community’s experience rather than the white American perspective. The narrative of Sethe who is based on a real life person, Margaret Garner, initiates the process of healing and reconciliation … Read moreThe Symbolic Significance of Colours, Trees, Naming/Re-naming and Water in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Rememory and the Gothic in Beloved

Remembrance of historical events shifts over time, as details are purposefully excluded, occurrences go undocumented, and oral tales change with each retelling. Some historical institutions, such as slavery, are so traumatic and affected so many people that individual stories get lost when discussing these institutions as a whole. This loss of personal testimony is detrimental … Read moreRememory and the Gothic in Beloved