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Denver Flow Chart

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Rebecca McConnell

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Denver Flow Chart

"‘How’s your family, honey?’
Denver stopped in the middle of a swallow. There was no way to tell her how her family was, so she said what was at the top of her mind.
‘I want work, Miss Lady.’
‘Yes ma’am […] I can’t do anything, but I would learn it for you if you have a little extra […] food. My ma’am, she doesn’t feel good.’
‘Oh, baby,’ said Mrs. Jones. ‘Oh, baby.’’’ (292)

Denver grows up alone
Denver takes care of Beloved
Denver begs Lady Jones for a job
In-Depth Analysis
Throughout the novel "Beloved," Denver's character matures and evolves dramatically. Denver starts out as a shy, slightly confused child and we see her growth as she goes to school, interacts with peers, questions her mother, cares for Beloved, and eventually becomes the caretaker of the house. She grows up alone after her two brothers leave her and her mother. She is frustrated by her loneliness and takes this out on Paul D. When Beloved shows up, she begins to take care of her and finally begins to emotionally blossom. She eventually confesses her long-felt fear of Sethe and has no choice but to take care of her family. She goes to Lady Jones to continue her education and finds work in the city. The last we hear of Denver, she is walking away with a boy in the city. This shows that she finally has found the power to move on from her dark past.
Denver's birth
"[...] a foot rose from the river bed and kicked the bottom of the boat" (99)
Sethe was running away from Sweet Home and was pregnant at the same time.

Luckily Sethe ran into Amy Denver, a white woman, who helped her escape to Ohio.

As Sethe and Amy were about to cross the Ohio river, Sethe’s water breaks and she

goes into labor. Amy Denver delivers Sethe’s baby in a boat on the river. Once the

baby is born Amy wants Sethe to tell her baby who put her into this world, so Sethe

names her baby Denver after Ms. Amy Denver.
Denver is almost killed
“Sethe traded the living baby for the dead one” (179)
Denver was almost killed by her mother Sethe. The schoolteacher had come back for

Sethe to take her children from her and to make them his slaves. Sethe didn't want

her children to have to go through what she did as a slave so she tries to kill all of

them. Sethe ended up slitting the throat of Denver’s younger sister Beloved. Denver

would have been next but then Baby Suggs and Stamp Paid stop Sethe just in time.
“I can't no more. I can't no more. Can't what? What can't you? I can't live here. I don't know where to go, or what to do, but I can't live here. Nobody speaks to us, nobody comes by. Boys don't like me. Girls don't either.” (17)
All her life, Denver has been alone. She has been isolated from the world and it has affected her abilities to cope. She feels lonely and forgotten because everyone basically avoids her because her mom attempted to kill her and already killed her other child. People are afraid of Denver and her family because of their past.
“Upstairs Beloved was dancing. A little two-step,two-step, make-a-new-step, slide, slide and strut on down. Denver sat on the bed smiling and providing the music. She had never seen Beloved this happy. She had seen her pouty lips open wide with the pleasure of sugar or some piece of news Denver gave her." (87)
Denver attends school at Lady Jones's
“So she had almost a whole year of the company of her peers and along with them learned to spell and count. [...] It was Nelson Lord [...] who asked her the question about her mother that put chalk, the little i and all the rest that those afternoons held, out of reach forever. [...] She never went back." (120-121)
Denver attended school at Lady Jones's house. Denver had been going there for a year when one of her classmates asked about her mother going to jail. Denver asked Sethe about it but she went “deaf” before she could hear an answer. This deafness was cured by the sound of the baby ghost climbing the stairs. It was the first time the ghost had appeared. After that the ghost became spiteful, angry, and abusive.
Denver sees Beloved choke Sethe
“'I fixed it, didn't I? Didn't I fix her neck?' 'After. After you choked her neck.' 'I kissed her neck. I didn't choke it. The circle of iron choked it.'” (119)
Denver was troubled ever since Sethe was choked in the clearing. She was positive that Baby Suggs had nothing to do with it. This confrontation between Denver and Beloved shows how agitated Denver had to have been to accuse Beloved of doing something only she thought actually happened. Her relationship with Beloved is evolving because she is starting to understand how Beloved feels towards Sethe.
Denver sees Paul D in town
“[Paul D] licked his lips. ‘Well, if you want my opinion –’
‘I don’t,’ she said. ‘I have my own.’
‘You grown,’ he said.
‘Yes, sir.’
[…] she left him because a young man was running toward her, saying, ‘Hey, Miss Denver. Wait up.’” (314-315)
Denver is speaking to Paul D for the last time, and she demonstrates how much she has matured. This is the last we hear of Denver, and she leaves the scene with a boy to go forward in her own life.
Denver gains satisfaction from seeing her previously forlorn sister happy again. Denver feels like there is someone else in her life other than her mother. After a childhood of solitude, Denver was willing to do whatever it took to maintain another person in her life.
Denver is going to find a job so that she can take care of the family. This is her most evident transition into the role of primary caretaker of 124.
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