Gothic Literature Final

Gothic Literature Final - Gothic Literature 180B Professor...

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Gothic Literature 180B Professor Helene Moglen Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:40pm March 16, 2011 Final Gothic Literature Paper In Gothic narratives, the past often haunts the present in forms of memory that can neither be excluded from nor assimilated into a smooth narrative of the self. Discuss in relation to Beloved. In the phenomenal story of "Beloved" by Toni Morrison we encounter with slavery survivors who's spirits have been torn apart by the repetitive flashbacks of their past traumatic experiences. Through an unorthodox approach and Gothic literary devices we capture every single moment of grief, sorrow, anguish, torture, and heartache of the aftermath of slavery. Toni Morrison depicts the physical and psychological effects slavery has on an African American woman and her family. Throughout the novel, Morrison uses various themes to capture the impact that slavery had on the many characters portrayed in the story. The effects on these characters were not just physical but psychological as well. The impact of slavery has left a great impression on this family even long after the civil war. Slavery has led to physical damage, the killing of one’s child, families being broken up, characters going crazy, and not being able to move on from the past that haunts them. Slavery has had a bodily affect on various characters.The mysterious and thrilling novel is centered around Sethe, a young mother of four children who was fortunate enough to escape from slavery in a Kentucky plantation, but not lucky enough to escape the terrors of the mind. Although it was the ending of slavery for Sethe and her children, they still remain slaves to the recurring memories of the past horrors and a guilty conscious because of the murder of Beloved. Sethe's action of murdering her daughter Beloved came from the fear of Beloved being born into slavery and going through the same life atrocities that she did. Slavery had a negative affect on Sethe's conscious, to the point where she rather see her own daughter dead, before witnessing Beloved serve as a slave to someone. Sethe's corrupted mind let her to honestly believe "what she had done was right, because it came from true love" (Morrison 251). The brain damage that was caused by slavery, had made Seth believe her own reasons for murdering her daughter were the right thing to do. She believed she was protecting her daughter from a lot misery pain and suffering and because of this she was a good mother. The act of slavery completely took control of her mind, and made her believe that murdering her own daughter was the only way out. Soon Sethe would
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course GOTHIC LIT 180B taught by Professor Moglen during the Winter '11 term at UCSC.

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