The Importance Of Pain In Toni Morrison's Beloved

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Sometimes in life, things happen to us that leave scars we try to wash away. So, each of us build walls to protect ourselves from the hurt, the pain but what happens once those walls are torn down? Toni Morrison, in her Novel, Beloved, shows readers what happens to open wounds once they are exposed to salt. As the story unfolds we learn of a girl name Beloved, killed as a child by her mother,Sethe, who believed to had been keeping her daughter safe from the horrors of slavery. Albeit, when the child is resurrected the guilt that she managed to keep at bay is reborn. Nevertheless , Beloved doesn’t just reopen the wounds of her mother’s past but everyone that lives in 124. Learning from Beloved that repressed thoughts don’t free us, but instead…show more content…
What readers don’t realize until the end is that in doing this Beloved ultimately helps Paul D reminding him that he can not start a new life until he gets a reign over his old one and that doesn’t mean burying it but actually dealing with it. When Paul D reflects on having to survive with beloved he discusses his time with her as “ A Brainless Urge to stay alive” which speaks to the desperation Paul D felt in wanting to stay but physically being unable too. After leaving Sethe and Denver in the consuming hands of Beloved and for himself starting the longest and the most complicated reconciliation within. He has reached the point where he can no longer walk away in order to forget, and where he cannot fool him self with riddles or a “tobacco tin” (Morrison, 133). Paul D begins to search for answers, not only about Sethe, but also for all the memories that go through his mind on a daily basis. Paul D is thus ready to move on, to put the memories beside the other experiences and create a new life with…show more content…
“the water she voided was endless(...) But there was no stopping water breaking from a breaking womb and there was no stopping now.” (61) Sethe unable to stop the water that follows once she sees Beloved was not ready for what was about to happen but she would have to deal with whatever was coming next. Ready or not, Beloved was reborn and Sethe would have to welcome her into the world just like the first time. Beloved is Sethe’s assumed lost daughter who has come back, captivating Sethe’s painful associations of being guilty for the death of her own child. Sethe sees Beloved return as her opportunity to make amends for the choice she made in the past. She takes this as a sign of opportunity to be a real mother to her daughter after eighteen years of being apart. Upon Beloveds arrival Sethe is made to deal with her past in an odd way. Beloved enjoys Sethe’s story telling, which to her are fascinating stories of the horrors in Sethe’s past.“It amazed sethe ( as much as it pleased Beloved) because every mention of her past life hurt” (69) Prior to Paul D's visit, Sethe had suppressed her "rememories" and chose to block the experiences she knew she could not keep hidden. However now Sethe’s describes her rememory as an “Unexpected pleasure” (69) in which she is able to actually feel relief from replaying through her past. It is clear that Sethe cannot be fully recovered from her past without the

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