In what way has your reading of ‘Beloved’ enhanced your understanding of what a novelist can achieve through fiction?
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In what way has your reading of 'Beloved' enhanced your understanding of what a novelist can achieve through fiction. The novel 'Beloved' is Toni Morison's representation of the way black people were treated during the time of slavery. Through fiction Toni Morrison recreates experiences that many black people had to go through during the civil war. In 'Beloved' Morrison explores themes of love, family, and self-possession in a world where slavery has only recently become a thing of the past. Part history, part ghost story, and part historical fiction. The novel seeks to understand the impact of slavery, both on the psychology of an individual and on the wider patterns of culture and history.
However Toni Morrision has introduced along side that for black people if was a struggle to get through each day. " her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry foe more it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for the next day" The past is recreated in the form of a poltergeist as the character of Beloved symbolises the unforgotten pain from Sethes past. Beloved appearances make Denver more observant and she stimulate her maturity. However when Sethe find out that Beloved is her dead daughter " Sethe walks to work, late for the first time in sixteen years" She is described to be " wrapped in a timeless presences" This shows the importance of time in the novel.
Through fiction she is able to make important points such as the fact that " If a house burns down, its gone, but the place - the picture of it stays, and not just in [a persons re memory, but out there in the world" Morrison also uses Sethe to show people that memories become visual images " I remember a picture floating around out there outside my head" She points out that nothing ever dies and that the pictures and images of things still remain, Sethe points out that things can only be " disremembered" By adding elements of the past and the present, Toni Morrison attempts to change people's attitudes of the past. She introduces new perspectives of the way slaves were treated.
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