Beloved 's Ghost By Toni Morrison Essay

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In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, the character Beloved serves as a manifestation of the past’s effects on the psyche, revealing the traumatizing impact of slavery on characters’ perception of love and gender. Toni Morrison presents Beloved as an anthropomorphized representation of slavery through both her reality and her unfulfilled potential. Morrison primarily depicts the reality of slavery through Beloved’s ghostly form. Showcasing Beloved’s ghost as a figment of the past, Baby Suggs claims, “Not a house in the country ain’t packed to its rafters with some dead Negro’s grief” (Morrison 5), which demonstrates that, like in many other similar contexts within the time period, Beloved’s ghost is a symbol of the concrete events that occurred during slavery. In contrast, Morrison presents the lingering impact of slavery through Beloved’s corporeal, adult form. Displaying Beloved’s adult form as another incarnation of slavery, Ella asserts, “If [the past] didn’t stay behind, well, you might have to stomp it out” (256), referring to Beloved as the figment of the past that resurrected itself; however, in contrast to the infantile form, Beloved’s adult form never existed, and thus her adult form instead becomes a materialization of the thoughts, musings, and sentiments of the other characters that occurred as a result of how slavery damaged their psyches. Clearly, by portraying the other characters as capable of ignoring the machinations of the child ghost, the personification of…

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