Beloved Final Essay

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Jessica Patrick English 3 Mossop Beloved Final Essay 6/5/17 Jungle Imagery In chapter 19 of Toni Morrison’s Beloved we are introduced to the imagery of dark skin as a jungle. The jungle represents what white people believe about black people, that they were savage and untamed by nature, rather than by being nurtured to believe themselves savage . In Stamp Paid’s line “It was the jungle whitefolks planted in them,” (234) we are told that the jungle is not there from birth but is rather born from the circumstance of being enslaved . It is Sethe’s desire to escape from the jungle that defines her, and escape for her children, that drives Sethe’s actions and eventually the reality that there is a jungle behind her eyes becomes Sethe’s main struggle to accept and overcome . The first place we see the ‘jungle’ is at Sweet Home . While Mr. Garner is alive he calls his slaves men and so humanity is planted within them, yet still by virtue of being human cattle a
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