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Essay | Sethe's Children

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Sethe's Children

Summary: Explores major themes from Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved. Discusses Morrison's insistence that due to the authoritarian control of the slave market, Sethe's children were not hers at all. Describes the symbolic qualities of Beloved.
Motherhood is an integral theme in the work of Toni Morrison. She uses the experiences and perspectives of black women to develop a view of black motherhood, that is, in terms of both maternal identity and role, very different from how motherhood is practised in the dominant culture. Whilst the African view of motherhood claims that all mothers are a symbol of creativity on Earth, American slavery forced many black women to repress their natural instinct to nurture their offspring. In Morrison's view, motherhood is an act of resistance essential to black women's fight against racism and sexism. O'Reilly suggests that Morrsion's maternal theory is a politics of the heart, i.e that the power of motherhood is what makes possible the improved world that is sought for oneself and for our offspring. This empowerment is explored in `Beloved' where the enslaved families have not been allowed to...

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