Monday, April 4, 2016
Today in class, we talked about the many things that Beloved represents. She is the true to life presence of the baby's ghost, an African girl who experienced the Middle Passage, and she is the material manifestation of the many Africans that suffered from slavery and the Middle Passage. I think, in a way, Beloved also represents slavery as a whole. Throughout the ways that Morrison portrays Beloved's character and how people think of her, we see the similarities between the girl and this widely discussed topic. Like slavery, Beloved is seen as a very negative character. However, she is still for some reason accepted. Many white people in the book didn't like slavery, but they still just kind of accepted that it occurred. Also, at the end of the book, as time goes on, they all work together to get rid of Beloved just like people all over had to work together to get rid of slavery. In these ways, Morrison is using Beloved to represent the issues of slavery.