The Violence in Beloved
Beloved is filled with violence, but it’s relevant in making the story what it is. In order to make and emphasize her point and affect the reader, Morrison laces her main character’s timeline with violence, vulgarity, and sadness. It’s probably one of the most affective instruments the author uses in my opinion. She manipulates the readers feelings and expectations by insinuating flashbacks within her story without warning, all the while providing the reader the necessary information on how her main character, Sethe, had gotten to where she is in present day.
Violence plays a huge role in the storyline and the emotional aspect that’s portrayed to the reader. When the speaker describes the tree embedded into
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It frustrates the reader to read something like that because at the beginning of the story, you tend admire Sethe. I admired her for being a strong woman, for getting through what she did, for surviving the way she did, and for sacrificing whatever necessary for the sake of her children. Although, I lacked in understanding that her taking her child’s life was also a motherly sacrifice. Sethe did what she did in order for her daughter to have a better life, and when she realized she couldn’t, she figured her child would be better off dead. Sethe understood what would happen if the men from Sweet Home took her child, and she responded with immediate action. Although the violence portrayed is found audacious, it’s essential to the author’s point. I think the author wanted to exhibit a mother’s love and a mother’s sacrifice and how deeply that love was rooted, and how far a mother is willing to sacrifice for her children. Then there’s Paul D. The author doesn’t hold back when she describes the inhumane cruelty given to all the men at Sweet Home. The words exchanged between the slaves and the slave owners really hit home just because in this day and age, slavery is illegal. Most parents teach their kids to respect others, regardless of the color of their skin. So reading something that you don’t usually see or experience firsthand, it doesn’t