Question: What is the plot of Beloved?

Beloved, novel by Toni Morrison, published in 1987 and winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The work examines the destructive legacy of slavery as it chronicles the life of a Black woman named Sethe, from her pre-Civil War days as a slave in Kentucky to her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1873.

How was Beloved killed?

In the novel, Beloved, who was murdered at the hands of her mother Sethe, haunts Sethe. For example, Sethe, Denver, and Paul D go to the neighborhood carnival, which happens to be Sethes first social outing since killing her daughter. When they return home, Beloved appears at the house.

What is the climax of Beloved?

The climax of the flashback plot occurs near the end of Part One in Chapter 16, when the text finally reveals the circumstances of Sethes daughters death: eighteen years ago, Sethe attempted to murder all her children when she refused to hand them over to schoolteacher to endure a life of slavery.

How did Beloved appear?

Beloved is the age the baby would have been had it lived, and she bears the name printed on the babys tombstone. She first appears to Sethe soaking wet, as though newly born, and Sethe has the sensation of her water breaking when she sees her. Beloved is presented as an allegorical figure.

What does Beloved ask Sethe about?

Beloved asks what has happened to what she calls Sethes “diamonds.” Sethe replies that she once owned some crystal earrings given to her by Mrs. Garner for her wedding. She said that Sethe could use these marks to identify her body if she died. When Sethe asked to be marked, too, her mother slapped her.

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