Beloved, a bestselling tale written by Toni Morrison in 1987 portrays a family trying to escape slavery. Morrison “wanted to show the malevolence through a family that was devastated by slavery” (Ott). The tale is enriched with vivid details and refers to the families past and present throughout the tale. Kang states that Beloved signifies a shedding of blood and contemplates the meaning of bloodshed in a shed (Kang). This tale was influenced by a story, about a slave who escaped with her children from their master in Kentucky.
I was amazed by this story I came across about a woman called Margaret Garner who had escaped from Kentucky, I think, into Cincinnati with four children. Now I didn’t do any more research at all about that story. I did a lot of research about everything else in the book –Cincinnati, and abolitionists, and the underground railroad – but I refused to find out anything else about Margaret Garner. I really wanted to invent her life (Rothstein).
Beloved is set in Ohio in the late 1880’s when segregation was eventually overcome by the Civil War (“Rev. of Beloved”). Even though slaves were legally free, the wounds from slavery, both physical and mental, were still fresh in their memories. The main character of this story is Sethe who reminds us through her actions what it means to love freedom and family. Through this character the author illustrates there is no comparison between the love that you have for your children in opposition to pleasure of true freedom.
Sethe, a former slave, resides with Denver, her 18-year-old daughter, in a haunted two-story house located at 124 Bluestone Road in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to 1873, 124 Bluestone Road was the home of a freed slave Baby Suggs. Baby Suggs was a slave at Sweet home and had been a slave for as long as she can remember. She was born a slave and remained a slave until her son, Halle, asked their slave master, Garner, for Baby Sugg’s freedom. He promised to pay off her debt,...