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Beloved | Study Guide

Toni Morrison

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Summary

The people of Bluestone Road forget Beloved "like a bad dream." Sometimes they are reminded of her, but they choose not to remember her because "they know things will never be the same if they do." Footprints come and go by the stream of 124. Soon, all trace of Beloved is gone. "This is not a story to pass on."

Analysis

The characters in the novel have been consumed with the past, preventing them from living in the present. This last chapter presents the community as a whole that has at last been able to knit itself together again, with 124 included. The people of Bluestone Road need to forget about Beloved in order to move on. The author, however, does not want her readers to forget. Morrison wants them to remember the horrors of slavery so that history will never repeat itself.

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