Saturday, March 19, 2016
So we have been seeing a lot of trees in Beloved, but what do they mean? At first we see that the trees at Sweet Home are a kind of solitude from slavery and then later Sethe makes a visual of boys hanging form trees, and what the reader could guess means the boys are lynched. We have happy imagery of trees and really gruesome ones. One more tree that we see is the one of Sethe's back, which is not a tree, but a bundle of scars made from a whip. Sethe's scar tree was something horrible but then made into something beautiful by comparing it to a chokecherry tree. So, again what do trees mean? Normally trees symbolize life, in the book they either mean freedom or oppression, but freedom mixed with strife/ oppression is the human life. I think that the trees motif in the book show all the different emotion that human and specifically, for the case of the book, former slaves have to live with.