beloved essay - Donny Lavezzo Ms. Nicolas English 1B July...

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Donny Lavezzo Ms. Nicolas English 1B July 21, 2009 The Universal Experience of Family What was family like for slaves living in the time of slavery? How did they conceptualize family? Similarly, what was family like for an upper-class black family living in the North in the 1950’s? How did the idea of family evolve between these two different periods? The novel Beloved, by Toni Morrison, tells the story of a slave family from Georgia that escapes to freedom in Cincinnati, Ohio. After twenty-eight days of freedom though, white men come to claim the runaway slaves. Sethe, the main character of the story would rather have her children die than be taken back as slaves by the white men. She attempts to kill all four of her children, succeeding only with one. The daughter she does kill, Beloved, comes back to the house on Bluestone Road in the form of an apparition and haunts the house, becoming part of the family once again. Family has always been around as a mode of support, and it seems that its definition has changed
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2010 for the course ANTHRO 2/AC taught by Professor Wilkes during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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