She who had never had one but this one; she who left a dirt floor to come to this one; she who had to bring a fistful of salsify into Mrs. Garner’s kitchen every day just to be able to work in it, feel like some part of it was hers, because she wanted to love the work she did, to take the ugly out of it, and the only way she could feel at home on Sweet Home was if she picked some pretty growing thing and too it with her.
Slavery: Sweet Home and 124 Bluestone Road
Historically, the period in which slavery was prevalent in America signaled a time of social and economic unrest. Before the Civil War, though everyone living in the South was not straight out of Gone with the Wind, a certain class system was enforced, and people lived strictly under these unspoken regulations. Slavery was more than an institution that defaced the prideful image of America; it was a living, breathing monster that survived in the hearts and minds of those who suffered through it, “unspeakable thoughts, unspoken.” (Morrison 199.) In the novel Beloved, Toni Morrison contrasts the two settings of the scarred but resilient Sethe’s life in order to show the continuity of the political culture before and after the emancipation of slaves in America. In life, people are affected by their surroundings, and the author of this novel plays with that aspect of human nature. Also, this novel deals with the coping of traumatic life experiences. People deal with stressful situations in different ways; but it is painful to witness the downfall of someone’s free will because their emotional crutch is the only thing keeping them standing upright. The protagonist, Sethe, is shackled to emotional and mental slavery even after she escapes from physical slavery on the Sweet Home farm. The settings add to the intensity of the characters and their interactions with each other as well as their surroundings both in Kentucky and Ohio in order to make the unique turn of events appear normal in the warped reality...
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