Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Trying to get these blog posts out of the way so I have the weekend free
The use of magical realism in Beloved really highlights the absurdity, and unreal affects of slavery. Ghosts are almost physical manifestations of the psychological conditions that most be eating away at those who were enslaved. The repressed memories of Sethe, and her sudden onsets of remembering Sweet Home are other psychological effects felt by the people at 124, which is really a microcosm for "the 60 million". Back to magical realism, Beloved embodies the haunting past that the people from Sweet Home feel. She is a casualty not from slavery directly, but from the terrifying struggle to survive the aftermath of slavery. If Morrison wrote a regular novel, about, and this sounds terrible, but an average slave runaway, the story would be chilling, moving, and impactful, but it wouldn't portray the larger affects of slavery on society, thought, and history.