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Title: Beloved: The Novel By : Toni Morrison

Beloved The Novel By Toni Morrison
  • Presentation By
  • Sheena Monds
  • Edited by Dr. Picart and Donna Gallagher

Key Terms and Themes
  • Scarring
  • Motherhood
  • Slaverys effects on the individual and family
  • The Role of Memory
  • Storytelling
  • The Role of Dance
  • Personification of Beloved
  • Magical Realism and the Supernatural

Background and Overview
  • Beloved, a book set in Ohio shortly after the
    Civil War, tells the story of Sethe and her
    struggle--not only escape slavery, but also to
    escape her past. Sethe's character is loosely
    based on the story of Margaret Garner, a woman
    who arranged for her children to be smuggled away
    from the plantation where she was enslaved, then
    escaped her captors. However, Garner made
    headlines in 1856 when the owner of her
    plantation pursued her in hiding. Rather than
    submitting herself, and more importantly her
    children, to the unimaginable cruelties of
    slavery once more, Garner took her four children
    to the woodshed and killed them. Like Garner,
    Sethe also attempts to kill her children in the
    woodshed, one fateful day when her former owner
    finally catches up with her and comes to take
    them all back to the plantation. Sethe, however,
    succeeds only in killing her three-year-old
    daughter, Beloved. Years later, Beloved will
    revisit her, and Sethe will have to come to terms
    with her haunting, careful reconstruct her own
    "rememory," and confront the painful memory of
    her past.

Morrisons Style
  • Fragmentation-
  • Magical Realism
  • In her novels, she focuses on the experience of
    black Americans, particularly emphasizing black
    women's experience in an unjust society and the
    search for cultural identity. She uses fantasy
    and mythic elements along with realistic
    depiction of racial, gender and class conflict.

Significance of Scarring
  • What is the significance of scarring?

Scarring as Identification
  • How are scars used as identification?

Scarring as Self Definition
  • How is scarring used as self definition?

Scarring as Communication
  • How is scarring used as Communication?

The Supernatural Magical Realism
  • Definitions of Magical Realism

Discussion Question
  • Based on the previous definition of Magical
    Realism, in what ways could Toni Morrisons novel
    be defined as a Magical Realist text? Use
    specific examples.
  • there is a contemporaneous quality to time past
    and time present as well as a sense that the
    lines between reality and fiction, truth and
    memory have become inextricably blurred".

Slavery Destruction of Identity
  • Alienation of the Self
  • Effects of Possession on the human psyche.
  • Slaves as commodities Questions of Value and
    Self worth
  • Slaves as complicit in their own oppression.
  • Examples Paul D., Sethe, Baby Suggs, Stamp Paid,
    Denver, and Beloved.

Slavery Destruction of the Family
  • Give some examples of how slavery destroys the

Beloved A Personification of the Past
Beloved A haunt of Slavery
Beloved Dance
Discussion Question
  • In your opinion, what purpose does dancing serve
    in the novel?
  • Possible Suggestions to consider
  • A form of release
  • A form of expression
  • A form of storytelling
  • A form of communication