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Beloved Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In her glowing review of Morrison's award-winning novel, Atwood lauds the author's use of the supernatural in Beloved.

Beloved is Toni Morrison's fifth novel, and another triumph. Indeed, Ms. Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds. If there were any doubts about her stature as a pre-eminent American novelist, of her own or any other generation, Beloved will put them to rest. In three words or less, it's a hair-raiser.

The supernatural element is treated, not in an Amityville Horror, watch-me-make-your-flesh- creep mode, but with magnificent practicality, like the ghost of Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights. All the main characters in the book believe in ghosts, so it's merely natural for this one to be there. As Baby Suggs says, "Not a house in the country ain't packed to its rafters with some dead Negro's grief. We lucky this ghost is a baby...

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