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Toni Morrison

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Kristen Over, Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, explains the main characters in Toni Morrison's book Beloved.

Beloved | Characters

Character Description
Sethe Sethe, the main character, is an ex-slave who murdered her baby daughter. Read More
Beloved Beloved is the ghost of Sethe's murdered daughter. Read More
Denver Denver is Sethe's youngest daughter. Read More
Paul D Paul D is an ex-slave who has a history with Sethe. Read More
Baby Suggs Baby Suggs is Sethe's mother-in-law and the children's grandmother. Read More
Amy Denver Amy Denver is a white former indentured servant who helps Sethe deliver Denver.
Buglar Buglar is Sethe's son who has run away.
Ella Ella is an ex-slave who is also responsible for the death of one of her children.
Halle Halle is Sethe's missing husband and the father of her children.
Here Boy Here Boy is the dog at 124.
Howard Howard is Sethe's son who has run away.
Janey Wagon Janey Wagon is the servant at the Bodwins' home.
Lady Jones Lady Jones is the teacher in Sethe's Cincinnati community.
Ma'am Ma'am is Sethe's mother.
Miss Bodwin Miss Bodwin is a white woman, sister of Mr. Bodwin, who is opposed to slavery and helps Denver.
Mr. Bodwin Mr. Bodwin is a white man, brother to Miss Bodwin, who is opposed to slavery. He owns 124 Bluestone.
Mr. Garner Mr. Garner is a "kinder" slave owner at Sweet Home.
Nelson Lord Nelson Lord is the boy who asks Denver if Sethe had been in jail for murder.
Paul A Paul A is one of the slaves at Sweet Home.
Paul F Paul F is one of the slaves at Sweet Home.
Sawyer Sawyer is the owner of the restaurant where Sethe works.
Schoolteacher The schoolteacher is a cruel slave owner at Sweet Home.
Sixo Sixo, a Sweet Home slave, is part Native American and a "rebel" slave who is murdered.
Stamp Paid Stamp Paid is a former slave who worked on the Underground Railroad.
Thirty-Mile Woman Thirty-Mile Woman is the slave Sixo tries to escape with.
Vashti Vashti is Stamp Paid's wife.
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