Beloved Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why do you think Paul D is ready to accept the presence of a ghost in the house?

The novel is set in the nineteenth century when people had stronger spiritual beliefs. Furthermore, Paul D has had a harsh life and is therefore open to believing anything could happen and nothing is easy.

2. Why do you think the town is so angry at Sethe?

Morrison does not mention in this chapter why the town is angry at Sethe, but it seems likely that it is linked to the ghost. Like the town, the ghost is described as angry and seemingly haunting Sethe for reasons that the reader presumes is from her past.

3. How has the ghost affected Sethe's life?

Ever since the ghost has come to 124, Sethe has lived a lonely life with just herself and her daughter. The ghost has driven away her two sons and no one in the town ever visits them.

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