Saturday, March 18, 2017

Was Stamp Paid right?

Stamp paid tells Paul D about the event in which Sethe killed beloved and severely injured her other children. He even provides a newspaper clipping to prove his story. Upon hearing of this, Paul D leaves Sethe, comparing her to an animal with the line, "you've got two legs, not four." Later on, Stamp paid feels guilty for causing Paul D to leave, but is he in the wrong? While telling the truth did have bad repercussions for Sethe and Denver, whom Stamp Paid is very close to because of his link with Baby Suggs, but isn't it also important that Paul D knows the truth before he starts a family with Sethe. I don't think there's a right answer here, what do y'all think?

4 comments:

Brooke Williamson said...

In my opinion, I understand Stamp Paid's obligation to Baby Suggs. However, I do think he had an obligation to let Paul D know the whole situation with Sethe because it was quite gruesome and violent, characteristics that are negative for a future life partner. I assume Baby Suggs would understand why Stamp Paid acted the way he did because he was looking out for the future of both Paul D and Sethe.

Rickeia Coleman said...

Stamp Paid could've minded his own business because then he wouldn't have felt guilty about it. The story about Sethe was big news and Paul D would've probably found out on his own without Stamp paid coming and ruining his life along with Sethe's. Also, Paul D seems like a guy who moves around a lot regardless so he would've left on his own probably and Stamp Paid would've been completely blameless. If it was meant for Paul D to know he would've probably found out as I said earlier but I think Stamp Paid should've stayed out of it.

Julia Scofield said...

I think that stamp paid was right to warn Paul d about sethe. Even though she killed her children in order to be merciful, she is still a murderer. Even if she did it to help, she is still dangerous to be around. Stamp paid was only trying to help and really, he did the best thing for Paul d, even if he upset sethe and Denver.

Bailey Taylor said...

I think he had to tell Paul D. That is not something you can hide from someone. I also wonder though if Paul d would've found out eventually anyway. You would think something like that would go around town and eventually get back to Paul d, but on the other hand, they were pretty isolated. Could Paul d have gone without ever finding out about the infanticde? Or was this knowledge inevitable?