Comparing Love in the Film, Secrets and Lies and Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Possessive Love in Secrets and Lies and Beloved

The word “freedom” is subject to various degrees of interpretation in the sense that it can be used in more than one context. One definition of freedom is the idea of having your own sense of self without the control of others. On the other hand, a lack of freedom is the idea of feeling trapped and smothered in a situation one has no control over. Freedom can relate to school, relationships, or even within oneself. A lack of freedom can have nothing to do with other people but with the ball and chain that can be placed on by oneself. Of course the outside world will be involved, but the pain of feeling trapped comes from the frustration that fills one’s soul. A lack of
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I have never been with a black man in my life.” Seconds later, we see the shock in Cynthia’s face as the past comes back to her. The experience of being with such a terrible man (as we find out later) and having a baby at the young age of fifteen, was such a horrific experience for her that she blocked it out. Instead of freeing herself from the past and dealing with the experience, Cynthia buries it within herself and blocks the past out completely. This is one of the most likely reasons for Cynthia’s unexplained, odd, and possessive behavior toward Roxanne later in life.

The deprivation of love and loss of self that Cynthia experiences in her younger years leads to unhealthy relationships between herself and family members. It is evident that Cynthia is constantly striving for the love she never had by the way she treats herself and her brother, Morris. Upon being left by Roxanne for the evening, Cynthia retreats to her room where she closes her eyes and caresses her breasts. This scene stresses Cynthia’s need and desire for intimacy and love. Another example can be seen with Morris. When he stops by for a visit, Cynthia does nothing but cling to him and kiss him constantly. This unhealthy relationship has not only contributed to her pain but it has almost destroyed his marriage to his wife, Monica. Morris is aware of his sister’s deprivation and attempts to explain it to Roxanne when he says, “She

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