narrative beloved

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1 Caffrey Francis Dr. Griffin March 24, 2011 Core- M/W/F: 10:00-10:50 Sethe’s Tragedies as a Slave In Beloved , Toni Morrison focuses on speaking out for people who are not able to speak for themselves. Morrison’s narrative structure conveys flashbacks to draw the reader into emotional situations. This establishes empathy for the characters who sometimes do not have the freedom to speak for themselves. In Beloved , Morrison’s narrative structure poses flashbacks that give voice to the psychological effects slavery has on an African American woman. Morrison demonstrates the psychological effects of slavery through the protagonist, Sethe, who kills one of her own children in an effort to keep her child away from a life of suffering. In Beloved , Toni Morrison uses flashbacks as the backbone of his narrative structure. Morrison uses flashbacks in an effort to illustrate Sethe’s former life as a slave and to bring the reader into Sethe’s psychological mindset of killing one of her own children. Although Sethe tries to repress her memories as a slave, she is constantly reminded of them. Paul D asks, “What tree on your back? Is something growing on your back? I don’t see nothing growing on your back” (18). As Paul D continues to ask Sethe about the tree on her back, Sethe recalls the schoolteacher’s nephews who raped her:
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2 “After I left you, those boys came in there and took my milk. That’s what they came in there for. Held me down and took it. I told Mrs. Garner on em. She had that lump and couldn’t speak but her eyes rolled out tears” (19). After Sethe told Mrs. Garner on them, the nephews found out and the, “Schoolteacher made one
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