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In Morrison's own terms, the controlling theme of the novel is "how women negotiate or mediate  between their nurturing compulsion to love the other, the thing that's bigger or better than they are in  their lives — husband, children, work — and the other part, which is the individual separate self that  has separate obligations." As Sethe confronts evil in herself and in the institution of slavery,  motherhood itself rescues her from the oblivion of guilt, shame, and madness. Without the  underloved ghost or the coddled, sheltered Denver, Sethe might have disintegrated from within,  pulled apart by her "rememory." Instead, she takes refuge in love for her children, and she  tentatively, excitedly acknowledges the ego that Paul D returns to nurture — "Me? Me?"
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