By Liz Sheehan, Marisa Giachetti, Tyler Bowen and Alec Ulisse Beloved takes place in the year 1873 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The main character is a former slave named Sethe, she lives with her daughter Denver and Baby Suggs, her mother-in-law, until she passed away. Right before she died, Sethe’s two sons ran away and Sethe thought they left because of the ghost haunting their house, also known as 124 Bluestone Road. This ghost is said to be Sethe’s dead child. The story is told in flashbacks and is a fictional slave narrative, depicting the painful life of a runaway and her broken past, present, and family. Book: Beloved by Toni Morrison Book Information: Written in the 1980s in Albany, New York and published in 1987 as historical fiction/a ghost story Main Characters: Sethe, Denver, Beloved, Paul D, and Baby Suggs Other Characters: Stamp Paid, the schoolteacher, Halle, Lady Jones, Ella, Mr. and Mrs. Garner, Mr. and Mrs. Bodwin, Amy Denver, Paul A, Paul F, and Sixo Time Setting: 1873, with flashbacks to earlier years from different character perspectives Place Setting: Sweet Home plantation in Kentucky and124 Bluestone Road, Cincinnati, Ohio The Supernatural Throughout Beloved, there were many supernatural or surreal occurrences, most of which were tied to Beloved as a ghost. “I am not dead I sit the sun closes my eyes when I open them I see the face I lost Sethe's is the face that left me Sethe sees me see her and I see the smile her smiling face is the place for me it is the face I lost she is my face smiling at me doing it at last a hot thing now we can join.” (Morrison 249) Dehumanization Especially seen in flashbacks, the dehumanization of slaves was brought on by inflicting physical, emotional, or spiritual devastation. “If a Negro got legs he ought to use them. Sit down too long, somebody will figure out a way to tie them up.” (Morrison 11) Trees Trees were not only seen as a part of nature in Beloved but also as a way of healing and symbolized living. Sethe’s back could be seen as something awful but by picturing it as a tree, the pain becomes something beautiful. “I got a tree on my back and a haint in my house, and nothing in between but the daughter I am holding in my arms. No more running--from nothing. I will never run from another thing on this earth. I took one journey and I paid for the ticket, but let me tell you something, Paul D Garner: it cost too much! Do you hear me? It cost too much.” (Morrison 18) Morrison, Toni. Beloved: a Novel. New York: Knopf, 1987. Print.
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