Thursday, March 28, 2013
Names in "Beloved"
I feel like the names in the novel "Beloved" are very degrading. Not only do they disrespect and disregard the traditions that the Igbo and other African tribes had regarding naming of members, but they also general disrespect and disregard the humanity of the people themselves. For example Paul D, Paul A, and Paul F are named Paul and have the last name Garner. The fact that they are all named Paul shows that their owners did not care what the slaves were to be called. Also, slaves were not given last names, and if they were, they were the same last names as their owners, such as Garner in the case of all the Pauls, which shows the ownership the whites took over the blacks. It is quite dehumanizing that people are treated as property and are named after their owners to designate the "ownership" that one person has over another.