Thursday, March 5, 2015

What if...

Alex and I we talking at the end of class today and we had both had the same idea. When Paul D tells Sethe how Halle was present when her milk was stolen, she questions why Halle broke and she didn't and wishes that she had lost her mind along with him. What Alex and I were think was what if she did? What if Sethe's mind broke when her milk was taken or when Beloved was killed and the present day events of Beloved are going on in her head? It is possible that the physical and mental trauma she sustained at Sweet Home and after broke her so completely that she no longer truly lives in the "real" world. It would explain the physical manifestation of her immense guilt, Beloved. What do y'all think?


2 comments:

Bonnie Cash said...

That's actually a really interesting thought. I mean we all just viewed the book as very strange and incorporating magical realism by having a ghost of the past reemerge. But, y'all's idea does make sense. If Halle was stunned by just seeing Sethe's milk taken, then imagine the trauma that she's facing. I feel like the book would suddenly turn into an episode of a drama TV show where Sethe wakes up from being in a coma for a year and she believes all the events that occurred in her mind really happened. OR maybe she's perfectly fine and just freaking insane. Anyways, I wouldn't put it past Morrison to make that a plot twist or writing a book where those events occur. Nice brainstorming!

Tiffany Tavassoli said...

I think this point is really fascinating! Thinking about the idea that maybe Sethe maybe has lost her mind, it makes me call into question if Sethe would then be living in the present? I feel that if someone emotionally has no control over their mind and goes "mad" does that mean that they neither live in the past for the present? When someone has suffers from trauma, I would consider them to live in their own separate world that has no relation necessarily to the future, past, or present. I think that if this idea ere true, Morrison wouldn't be able to make her point on the role that past and present play in a person's life.