Thursday, March 21, 2013
Seethe's killing of Beloved
In the chapters we read for tonight we learn about Seethe's attempted murder of her two sons and her successful murder of her oldest daughter, Beloved. I find this to be an interesting turn in the story. It makes clear Seethe's sons' reasoning for running away from 124. However, I am curious as to why Beloved keeps returning to 124 to "haunt" the house. Seethe explains to Paul D that she killed Beloved to protect her children from the horrors of slavery. Perhaps Beloved comes back because she is dead and knows the truth about why Seethe had to do what she did? Seethe did not want to hurt her children but felt it was a better choice then slavery. Seethe's sons did not die and therefore did not see her rationale for trying to kill them. Denver was too young to remember this and was saved from being killed. It is very sad that slavery and Seethe's fear of it would drive her to do something like this. It also ties in to Paul D's quote about how it is dangerous to love someone too much if you are black.