Monday, March 21, 2016
As I was making the "senior days left till senior chapel" countdown signs, it made me think about how relative time really is. We sit in class thinking "this is so boring" and wondering "when will this be over" but the next day, when we have a test, we wish we were still in yesterday when we were reviewing. As seniors, we keep counting down the days till we can leave, but in a few months, we will wish we had enjoyed our time in high school more. Just like us, Sethe and the other characters in Beloved revolve around time and especially thinking about the past. Sethe is consumed by the past, and does everything she can to put it out of her mind. However, there are some things that she romanticizes and almost misses - even things that are awful like Sweet Home. She remembers the good things - like Halle, her baby, etc - rather than her rape, her pain from carrying Denver and birthing her in a canoe, and her baby's death. Time is very fickle this way, both for us and for characters in Beloved.