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									    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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