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Unformatted text preview: 12-23-06Period 3Motherhood and Individuality: Conflicting by nature?“This here Sethe talked about love like any other woman; talked about baby clothes like any other woman, but what she meant could cleave the bone. This here Sethe talked about safety with a handsaw. This here new Sethe didn’t know where the world stopped and she began. Suddenly he saw what Stamp Paid wanted him to see: more important than what Sethe had done was what she claimed. It scared him. ‘Your love is too thick,’ he said, thinking, That bitch is looking at me; she is right over my head looking down through the floor at me. ‘Too thick?’ she said, thinking of the Clearing where Baby Suggs’ commands knocked the pods off horse chestnuts. ‘Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all’” (Morrison 193-194).“‘Paul D?’ ‘What baby?’ ‘She left me.’ ‘Aw, girl. Don’t cry.’ ‘She was my best thing.’…He leans over and takes her hand. With the other he touches her face. ‘You your best thing, Sethe. You are.’ His holding fingers are holding hers. ‘Me?’ ‘Me?’” (Morrison 321-322).“Edna had once told Madame Ratignolle that she would never sacrifice herself for her children, or for any one. Then had followed a rather heated argument; the two women did not appear to understand each other or to be talking the same language. Edna tried to appease her friend, to explain. ‘I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself. I can’t make it more clear; it’s only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me’” (Chopin 64).In The Awakeningand Beloved,authors Toni Morrison and Kate Chopin conclude that in order to achieve her own identity, a woman can neither allow her motherhood to define her completely nor can she give up her motherhood....
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Bielajew during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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