How Does Toni Morrison Use Language In Beloved

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Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved increases the description of slavery through the exploration of past slave experiences. The novels use of language reinforces the mental oppression that persisted after slaves were freed from physical subjection. With the use of symbolism, anaphora, and theme, Morrison is able to create a hidden meaning in the novel. This hidden meaning is not as well stated as many believe it is to be, in order to realize the true meaning the reader must read in between the lines and infer what each characters really needs in their lives. This type of writing style grabs readers and keeps them until the end. With that said, Beloved is/should be considered a literary merit for its hidden meaning and descriptive insight on slaves…show more content…
The major key in Beloved is the need for people, especially slaves who need healing from past punishments. The protagonist, Sethe, kills her child in order to prevent her family from going back to slavery and experiencing the miseries she went through. In addition to the horror, Sethe is haunted by her dead daughter who wants complete revenge. She sees a lot of wrong thing with her and for her not to love herself hurts her. Sethe’s desire to become the perfect mother for her children makes it obvious that she is in dire need of help and healing. Morrison uses Sethe’s process as an example for the nation. She recognizes that the United States is similar to Sethe, hiding from the past, removing the chance of healing, and not giving anyone a voice. Morrison’s hidden meaning of the novel is that America simply does not like the truth. Americans like to forget about all the women/men raped and hanged and burned and tortured just so they can go on with their daily lives and avoid the consequences. With this hidden meaning comes symbols to help create a deeper insight of Morrison’s thoughts on…show more content…
Toni Morrison uses anaphora to create emphasis on a certain action or thought. “…Him mostly. Him who said something to her that made her run out into the woods and talk to herself on a rock. Him who kept her hidden at night behind doors. And him who had hold of her now whispering behind the stairs…” (Morrison 97). By repeating the word him shows the reader that the person is unworthy of being called by his first name. Inferring that the actions had petrified the receiver into changing his/her life and values. Morrison uses this type of writing style to criticizes the actions white men did to females. Not only does this help get her point across but, it helps indicate the hidden

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