Essay on `` Beloved `` By Toni Morrison

801 Words Oct 19th, 2015 4 Pages
The Kaleidoscope
Love is a simple word with a complex meaning. Love can either bring about the happiest, most exuberating moments or the most depressing, chaotic time in a person’s life. Although people would have better luck flipping a coin than finding their true love, something in the human psyche tells us to go to the ends of the earth to search for a piece of “love”, or what thousands of romantic comedies like 16 Candles defines as love. Everyone manages to find love in one form or another; however, each person has a different way of attaining love. For instance, in the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison, Sethe is facing the conflict of following her emotions or using her logic when cultivating relationships with people.
With this in mind, in the novel Beloved, Sethe naively takes in a strange girl, Beloved, without taking into consideration her intent for showing up at her home. The family treats Beloved as part of the family not knowing that she is Sethe’s dead daughter that she kills year’s prior. Sethe develops a love for Beloved that “[is] tough” and unsound (Morrison 383). When Sethe determines that Beloved is in fact her daughter that previously died, she does everything in her power to keep her child happy and safe. As a mother who kills her child out of love, “see[ing] [Beloved’s] smiling face” again should be a gift from God, but as it turns out is not. Eventually it is determined that Beloved has ulterior motives that are less than amicable for her mother when…

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