Toni Morrison
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.


Reviewed: 2016-10-18

In the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison, the writer gives a new light to African American literature. This book is one of the better books I’ve read. I believe that it has great symbolism with the involvement of ghosts as well as the life within slavery. Through this novel we see love, triumph and the haunting past of an African American mother. I believe Toni Morrison’s style, as well as her story of how she writes would be a great lesson for students to learn with the reading of Beloved. At times I believe students would be confused with the supernatural aspect but with guidance it would make an impact.

I would definitely teach this book. This book, I think, is a better option for African American Literature, instead of Huckleberry finn or Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Through what I’ve heard from students, those stories do not interest them, but with Beloved, and the different aspects as well as the pace of the story-students will enjoy it. I believe I would focus on the theme of slavery and why the supernatural character of her dead daughter plays an important role within the theme. We would have very lively discussions deciding on why as a class we think the supernatural was effective, and how she portrayed it within the narration to decipher between real and supernatural. Not only would I use this book in a literature class, but I believe as a writer Toni Morrison does some amazing things through figurative language and simply her writing process; that would make this author interesting to student for a creative writing class.

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