Wednesday, April 18, 2012
So far, in my life I've never re-read a book (with the exception of like Dr. Seuss and other childhood books). I simply never thought I would enjoy a book the second time around once I know the ending. However, as I'm working on my pre-write, even though I'm not re-reading the novel by any means, I can see how re-reading could be interesting. Morrison uses a lot of foreshadowing that you wouldn't notice on a first reading. For example, early on she describes Beloved as holding her head up because her neck is too fragile to support it. Also a lot of events in the novel seem to have different meanings on a second reading. For example, when Denver thinks that she has been thinking of an excuse to try to get Beloved to share her room on first reading it seems that Denver is simply obsessed with Beloved and having a friend finally. However, on a second reading it can also be interpreted as an attempt of Denver to protect Beloved from Sethe. Finally I think by now we've also reached a point where we could re-read plenty of the novels and short stories from freshmen and sophomore year just because we've probably forgotten them by now. I always thought I might would re-read The Catcher in the Rye at some point or A Rose for Emily and Child by Tiger. Now I actually think I will!