response paper - beloved

response paper - beloved - Ananth Bulusu 10-31-2011 In Toni...

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Ananth Bulusu 10-31-2011 In Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize lecture, she discusses the differences found between language that is either “dead” or “alive.” Dead language is “unyielding language content to admire its own paralysis,” (Lecture, 2) while living language is a tool which is used to create ideas that “reach toward the ineffable” (Lecture, 3). Dead language is deceptive, while living language is enlightening. Dead language is destructive, while living language is productive. The fundamental difference between the two is thus found in its affect upon the reader or listener. In Beloved, Morrison manipulates both forms of language as a means to examine what is truly alive versus what is dead, whether it be in a worldly sense or the memory of the characters. Beloved begins with Sethe, an escaped, former slave, reencountering one of her fellow slaves, Paul D, from the plantation they lived on 18 years ago. Paul D’s appearance brings back many memories for Sethe which she has worked hard to forget. One memory which is clearly
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