• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The Plague" and "Beloved" comparative essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Both The Plague and Beloved are books that gained excellent reputation. They both portray some of the sufferings of humans with one focusing on a plague whilst the other focuses on slavery. The Plague has the form of a chronicle, the journal of an event as it occurs, day by day or time period by time period. The author is therefore able to select, separate and connect elements into what he/she thinks is a meaningful pattern. On the other hand, Beloved by Toni Morrison tells of a story in not the usual linear tale but rather, in fragments, thus forcing readers to consider the worth of each and piece them back together bit by bit. In my opinion, I think that chronological order is not the most convincing way to convey a story or an idea because it doesn't leave a vivid marking in one's mind. Each story consists of various parts including the conflict, climax, and themes and they are not best portrayed in chronological order. Every story has a conflict no matter how it is told. Readers are usually taken on a rollercoaster ride in which he/she can only guess the next part of the ride until the very end. ...read more.

Middle

God, or mother nature, sends plagues upon humans once in a while in order to stop us from dominating the planet. The lead on to this climax is like repeating the cycle of life where we live and will eventually die. In the case of Beloved, the novel flows through two different stories, one via flashbacks and one in the novel's present so there are actually two climaxes. The first peak of the flashback plot takes place in Chapter 16, where we finally get the full picture of the death of Sethe's daughter 18 years ago. The second culmination is at the end of the novel, where Beloved, the assumed ghost of Sethe's daughter, is exorcised. The use of two climaxes allows the reader to gain a better understanding of both the past and present. The author believes that it isn't enough to simply talk about the past horrors and has to tell of the sufferings that occur many years later to give the story an emphasis. Instead of a steady uphill then downhill walk, Beloved takes the reader through a maze in which the exit can only be found by the readers themselves. Multiple corridors are revealed in the course of the journey in which the reader can choose which one to take, thus making the reader need to constantly think about the story as a whole. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sethe is also pleased that Paul D has returned to live with her and nurse her back to health. When he tells her that she is her own best thing, she realizes, for the first time, that she is truly a person in her own right, not just a mother or an ex-slave. The ending excellently portrays Sethe's persevere life when the final piece is put in by the reader; he/she gains the same victory feel as the characters of Beloved and instead of walking away from the story, will stand back a bit to actually admire the whole picture as a whole. In conclusion, I believe that chronological order is not the best way to convey a story or an idea. It may certainly aid the reader in gaining a better understanding of the flow of ideas in the text but nonetheless it leaves room for the audience to guess. On the other hand, if one is to truly understand the meaning of a text not told in a chronological way, he/she must carefully consider each fragment that is given and then slowly piece them back together. We cannot afford to forget or misplace a piece or else the magnificent picture will never be complete, which in turn, I believe, is the most convincing way to convey a story or idea. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison - review

    my own.", even when she decided to marry Halle , she could not wear a white dress as the rest of the brides do , she could not even celebrate this wedding. What was more abusing to her pride was when she overheard the schoolteacher telling his nephews his scientific

  2. Extended Essay

    Ayse Kulin'in se�tigi Aylin karakteri, fiziksel g�zelligini kullanarak bir prensi elde etmis sonrasinda yine kendi istegiyle beklentilerinin karsiligini alamadigi gerek�esiyle evliligini bitirmistir. Aylin'in cazibesi disinda kariyerindeki basarisi da dikkat �ekicidir. Meslegine olan hirsi ve bagliligi onun isini �ok ciddiye alip basarili olmak istemesinin kanitidir.

  1. Representation of slavery in 'Beloved' by Toni Morrison

    This is a characteristic of the convention of the omniscient author. Morrison use of the convention of the omniscient author encourages the reader to experience slavery as a direct experience, Margaret Atwood of the New York Times describes this as: - '..we experience American slavery as it was lived by those who were its objects of its exchange...

  2. Beloved by Toni Morrison is a vivid picture of the cruelty of slavery. ...

    The physical presence of Beloved strengthens Sethe's feeling of enslavement but this time she is a slave to her guilt. Beloved appears in the flesh the day that Paul D., Denver and Sethe go to the carnival. This is Sethe's first social outing in eighteen years and therefore a perfect

  1. Comment on the methods by which the past is brought out in Toni Morrison's ...

    The sex in the present has been disappointing for both of them. This obsession with the past and (worsened by the) disappointing sex in the present emphasises the power of the past.

  2. Hamlet Journal - rewriting key passages from the play

    God will no forgive a killer. You sinned in his eyes and you will always remain a sinner in god's eyes. If you didn't want to be guilty then why did you kill him? Land and a kingdom is not a good reason to kill and then to try and repent for a deliberate murder of your brother.

  1. The meaning of Arthur Jarvis in Cry, the Beloved Country

    I was frightened. I fired the revolver," (194). Absalom's blind shot highlights the symbol of the fear, blindness, and misunderstanding between whites and blacks, which are the ethics of racial hate. In the room of Arthur Jarvis, there were pictures of Christ crucified and Abraham Lincoln, who are both two men who fought

  2. Analysis of "The verger" by William Somerset Maugham. (Text of story in Vietnamese).

    As time passed, he prospered and purchased other newsstands until he became quite wealthy and a respected businessman. When he retired, he sold his business. At the attorney's office, he signed the contract for the sale with his characteristic "X" since he had never mastered written language.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work