The Theme Of Slavery In Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Toni Morrison is a black African-American novelist of 20th C whose novels show and record a brief history of African-Americans of the early times of the 19thC. She became the first African-American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Toni Morrison shows us the troublesome circumstances within which the slaves were forced to live, the dark aspects of humanity, and the destructions that are delivered to their lives through her novels.
She has attempted to show the past of slavery, a really harsh and terrible way to live, which was a very important part of nation’s history that must be memorized which neither the Whites nor the Blacks wish to remember. Blacks do not want to remember the pain associated with it and Whites do not
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Toni Morrison expresses in the article “The Pain of Being Black” the reason of her writing Beloved: “This has got to be the least read of all books I’d written because it is about something that the characters don’t want to remember, I don’t want to remember, black people don’t want to remember, white people don’t want to remember. I mean its national amnesia” (Morrison: 1989, 34). By writing Beloved, Toni Morrison has accepted her moral responsibility towards her people to revive the painful memories of slavery. She wants her readers to be aware of the physical and psychological damage done to the blacks by the brutal inhumanity that constituted American …show more content…
and Mrs. Garner. However after Mr. Garner’s death, Mrs. Garner gave the charge of the plantation to Schoolteacher, her brother-in-law, who proves to be a cruel controller. The new regime introduced changes with change in masters.
Schoolteacher used to measure them with string as though they were beasts, asked them silly questions and made notes of them to conduct research. According to him, they did not deserve any respect, so he dehumanized them with the help of his nephews. He convinced them to physically abuse the slaves, while he saw.
Schoolteacher thought that it was his duty to carry out order among these “spoiled” slaves and deal them the way they should be and this could be achieved only through violence and inhuman treatment as they deserve which is justified in declaring that the slaves are like their own kids or animals who need proper help and instructions that are crucial for the growth of history. In this way, Beloved exposes the trickery, dishonesty and futility of the

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