Beloved - Toni Morrison
Categories:History & Criticism
Toni Morrison, who is deemed worthy of many awards such as the Pulitzer Literary Prize, deals with the concept of slavery from a different perspective. She mentioned the pain that the black race suffered during the slavery process, and even the freedoms they had acquired with thousands of people, because of the evil of people, they had to endure horrible things and they made it through the hero of Sethe. Sethe put her life in danger and ended her captivity for the sake of freedom of herself and her children and again killed her beloved daughter for the sake of freedom. Is Sethe the culprit here now? Is it a crime for a person to kill her offspring again for the sake of protecting their offspring, or is it the crime of those who create helplessness? Throughout history, there have been so many tragedies that we can ask ourselves such questions that Sethe’s experience is only in words. Of course, Toni Morrison, who has shed these words, finds a poetic language and her words made the book’s effect doubled.
With the hope that such painful and embarrassing events remain only in novels, the history of humanity continues without causing any other pain.
Beloved Short Summary
The novel takes place in the US state of Ohio. In a farm called Sweet Home, Baby Suggs lives as a slave with her son Halle and her daughter-in-love Sethe. Halle cannot bear the work of her mother as a slave and has agreed to release her mother in exchange for a lifetime free work with her savvy man. Baby Suggs goes to 124, where free African Americans live. Their sons, who came to the farm with the death of their former owners, started to restrict lives of Halle, Sethe and their children. Sethe and Halle, who learned that their young children would be sold, planned to escape. Sethe sent her eldest daughter Beloved and her two boys to Baby Suggs. Sethe is also pregnant with her little daughter, Denver. It was time to flee for Halle, Sethe and other slaves. Although Sethe was waiting for Halle, Halle did not come to the meeting point. When it was a matter of time to get caught, Sethe had to leave Halle behind. Even though Halle's strong belief that Halle will come out will never fade, Halle will never come back.
Sethe had many difficulties on her journey with being pregnant and gave birth to her daughter Denver on the way. With the help of a white woman, she healed her wounds and managed to reach 124. Sethe and her children are now waiting for a free life. Until the magnificent dinner that Baby Suggs organized to honor the grandchildren and the bride. The next day of that great meal, he appears from a distance with a teacher hat. He came to take his own slaves. Sethe finds a terrible remedy to stop the teacher. She cuts the neck of her adored daughter Beloved, and with the fear and the insanity, Sethe made a mistake that would change their entire lives. She presses the baby covered in blood to her chest as if she is still alive.
In 124, time passed very quickly. The wise woman that everyone loved so much, after that terrible event, almost invited death and waited to surrender her soul. After the death of Baby Suggs, Sethe's sentence ends and he gets a job at a restaurant in 124. They try to lead a life with her daughter, Denver. With Sethe, who killed her daughter by cutting her throat, no one speaks at 124, even her daughter, Denver, is afraid of her own mother and thinks that the evil spirit will regain her mother one day and make her do the same. Paul D., whom they knew from Happy Home, came to 124 and settled next to Sethe. Sethe was enchanted by being loved by a man years later, Sethe began to convince herself that those horrible events that were experienced never happened. When Sethe, Paul D. and Denver go to carnival like a family, they meet a beautiful girl on the road. The girl says that her name is Beloved and she is running away from someone. Sethe loves the girl so much that she takes her home. Denver, on the other hand, recognized her sister the first time she saw it. The spirit of her only older sister, who played games with her when she was young, came to her at night and sang songs, finally returned. Paul D., on the other hand, cannot warm up the girl and leaves the house, unable to withstand Beloved’s games. Beloved always wants to be with Sethe. Denver, on the other hand, wants to protect her sister and keep her away from her mother. She is afraid that her mother will hurt her again. Sethe believes that her daughter, who came alive, is giving her a second chance and does her best to make her happy.In fact, she is sleepless every night to entertain her daughter, and she is finally fired because she is late for work. Sethe does not eat herself but feeds her daughter, she does not wear herself and dresses her daughter. On the other hand, Beloved has become unable to pass through the door with the exploits of Sethe.. Denver, on the other hand, monitors her mother's disappearance day by day and thinks she should do something. Denver eventually breaks her shell and goes and asks for help from women in 124. Women come to Sethe's house to fire this spirit-absorbing creature from another land. Even though Sethe tries to defend her and protect her daughter, it cannot be prevented, and the burning spirit of Beloved is sent back to where she came from.