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Beloved,  which is classified as historical fiction, gothic horror story,   and  bildungsroman  (coming-of- age novel), demonstrates Toni Morrison's skill in penetrating the unconstrained, unapologetic  psyches of numerous characters who shoulder the horrific burden of slavery's hidden sins. Because  the crimes at the heart of the novel repulse some readers, a small vocal coterie of critics has  lambasted Morrison's work as soap opera, a "blackface holocaust novel," and a revamped  Heart of  Darkness.  In rebuttal, she has insisted, "It's not my job to make black peoples' values acceptable to  society as a whole." Rather, Morrison chooses to marvel that slaves who were brutalized beyond  endurance were able to function as well as they did, especially after emancipation, when their  expectations were high but their social station reflected little change from plantation days.
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