Paul D encourages Sethe to get up and take hold of her life

Paul D encourages Sethe to get up and take hold of her life...

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Unformatted text preview: Paul D encourages Sethe to get up and take hold of her life. He challenges her to escape the type of withdrawal that Baby Suggs experienced in her waning days by suggesting a bath and foot massage. He listens to her anguish and recalls her courtesy in ignoring "his neck jewelry its three wands, like attentive baby rattlers, curving two feet into the air." Sethe preserved his shattered manhood on that last day at Sweet Home, and he returns the favor by rebuilding her self-esteem with affirmation that she is worthy. Linked with water images, Beloved, who dwelled in water beneath the bridge during her tenure in the land of the dead, engulfed Paul D in an ocean wave of possessive emotion. On his return to the shed, he relives the powerlessness of being devoured by "a life hunger" that he could control no more than he could stop his lungs from gulping air. After the overwhelming passion ended, he more than he could stop his lungs from gulping air....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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