An Analysis Of Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Thesis: In the novel, Beloved, by Toni Morrison, the character Beloved represents an idolic, messianic figure for Denver and Sethe.

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Since Sethe killed Beloved, she is haunted by guilt, which creates the spirit in 124. Sethe creates Beloved to be what she needs her to be; the ghost of her dead daughter. ****ADD BABY SUGGS QUOTE***By having the ghost represent her daughter, Sethe gets a chance to redeem herself, to recompense for her sin: murdering her own. She needs Beloved to be the ghost of her dead child, her sanction, her savior ; her messiah. Not only is Beloved a messianic idol for Sethe, but for Denver as well. When Sethe was nursing
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In a literal interpretation of the text, Beloved may be viewed as a tragic portrait of a female slave-child who suffered from retarded social development. Physically and still literally, though more fantastical, Beloved may be viewed as a ghost or a spirit. In a spiritual interpretation is where Beloved is revealed as a messianic idol. If Beloved is viewed through a spiritual, rather than literal, interpretation, she becomes allegorical to the story of Jesus in much of her history. Literal versus Spiritual interpretation is not only seen in Beloved, but in the Bible: “Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.’” (John 10:7 NKJV)”. Jesus is not literally a door nor interacting with sheep, but is rather a representation of the door of salvation as seen through a common contemporary metaphor of sheep and their …show more content…
God, being the father of Jesus, and Sethe, being the mother of Beloved, are both parents of messiahs. Relating back to the epigraph, the section of the Bible it is in is in reference to God granting his forgiveness to not just the Jews, but all people . Jesus was sent so that all sins would be forgiven and all people would be able to accept the gift of God 's forgiveness. In Beloved, Sethe gives the girl Beloved a home, more than just a place to stay, even though she is not blood. Sethe takes care of Beloved as if she is part of the family. She does not question Beloved’s past, like in the way of Christianity, rather just accepts her . Sethe, like God, does not judge his people. Another parallel that can be drawn between the two is that if a theme in Beloved is that a mother 's love can be murderous, and assuming that Sethe and God are related, what does a mother’s love being murderous say about God’s love? “God [is] jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and [is] furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth [wrath] for his enemies.” (Nahum

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