Essay about Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's Beloved

1065 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Toni Morrison’s Beloved, set in post-Civil War Cincinnati, delves into race relations, and how even after slavery was illegal, the African-American race was still traumatized by what they were forced to endure. The inhumane experiences that former slaves were forced to live through are personified expertly in the interracial interactions that occur throughout this story. Toni Morrison frequently uses flashbacks to show the reader how these former slaves suffered at the hands of the landed white elite. Not only did slavery negatively affect the African American race physically, it also served to mentally and emotionally abuse slaves to the point where their humanity began to dissipate. Toni Morrison shows this in the way that she tells the story of a former slave, Sethe, after she escapes from slavery. The encounter between Sethe and Mr. Bodwin, her white landlord, towards the end of the story exemplifies the horrible state that racial tensions were in during the Post-Civil War era. In this encounter, Sethe attacks Mr. Bodwin as he stops to pick Denver, Sethe’s daughter, up for work, simply because he is a white man who reminds her of Schoolteacher. At Sethe’s plantation, Sweet Home, she was mentally, physically, and emotionally abused to the point where she developed a significant mistrust of everyone, especially white men. This is exemplified by the quote, “”. In Sethe’s mind, this mistrust is well-justified, because at Sweet Home Sethe was sexually assaulted, beaten, and…

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