How Toni Morrison Portrays White People in Beloved

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How Toni Morrison Portrays White People in Beloved In Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, she portrays white people as wicked and cruel using all means necessary to exhibit the racism that they all seem to possess. Some of the white characters in the novel are fanatically violent and malicious like some slave owners that she refers to; others, like a pair of abolitionists in Cincinnati, are more benignly racist in an ignorant sort of way rather than downright vicious. The only white character that Morrison portrays sympathetically is a girl named Amy who is herself and outsider and who saves Sethe's life after she escapes across the Ohio River and helps her deliver her baby. In complete contrast, Morrison's black characters demonstrate the most important virtues of loyalty, spirituality, and perseverance as they negotiate try to survive and carry on in a
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Unformatted text preview: predominantly white, and therefore predominantly harsh and hateful society. Among many examples throughout the novel, on is when Sethe says in Chapter 19, “She had taken pains to keep them out, but knew full well that at any moment they could rock her…Drain her mother’s milk, they had already done. Divided her back into plant life-that too. Driven her fat bellied into the woods- they had done that. They buttered Halle’s face, gave Paul D iron to eat; crisped Sixo; hanged her own mother” (222). This quote exemplifies how Morrison depicts white people as the people who have terrorized her protagonists and all of the other black people in the novel, as well as Amy- who is ostracized from white society, and therefore is the only white character that Morrison is well-disposed towards....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PLS 120 taught by Professor Nichols during the Spring '08 term at Union.

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