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Beloved

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Transcript of Beloved

Gender Roles
Toni Morrison
Sojourner Truth
Hierarchy
White Man
White Woman
Black Man
Black Woman
Sethe
Paul D
Denver
Baby Suggs
Background
David Blight
The director of the Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, primarily focusing on the Civil War and what came after.
Blight has won several awards for his studies on slavery
Published Works
Morrison: at the age of 82, she has published countless books, both for an adult audience such as "Beloved", and children books like "The Big Box" which was worked on with her son, Slade.

Blight: David has released several research papers that cover slavery throughout American History.
Social Meaning and Implications of Gender
Beloved's Significance
Strong willed, confident in her position as a woman and a mother
Believes she did what she had to do to keep her children safe, "thick love".
Doesn't need a man to define herself
Mother figure that weakens when faced with the child she loved enough to kill.
"For a baby, she throws a powerful spell." "No more powerful than the way I loved her."
Property-hard to call himself a man when his owner defined it for him, autonomy.
Classic "fixer", power over women.
Believes Sethe needs him to be complete, wants to give her a proper life. Eventually asking to have a child with her
Tin heart
Rememory->so painful because of the psychological hurt
Starts out lonely and trapped in her house by her mothers mistake
Becomes obsessed with Beloved, but once her mother does too she is able to step back and see what's not quite right
Eventually takes matters into her own hands to help herself and her mother survive.

"A man ain't nothing but a man, but a son? Now, that's somebody."
Used all of her powers as a woman to do her job and to heal people-teaches others how to love themselves
Elder stereotype-understands everyone's struggles and can share her wisdom.
Mr. & Mrs. Garner
The Amendments
The 13th Amendment
The 14th Amendment
The 15th Amendment
The 19th Amendment
-Born on Feb. 19, 1931 in Lorain, Ohio as Chloe Anthony Wofford.
-Second oldest child in her family of four.
-Grew up in an integrated neighborhood, racial divisions were a part of her childhood.
-At age 12, she became Catholic and got the baptismal name "Anthony", which was the base for her nickname "Toni".
-received masters degree in 1955 at Cornell University in English
-Released "Beloved" in 1987 which won were the 1988 Pulitzer Prize.
-retired from Princeton in 2006
-Still writing
There is a hierarchy constructed by gender and race in the United States which has been present since it was established. Toni Morison's work intentionally assigns these traditional gender roles because they allow the reader to grapple with the horror of slavery in an accurate way. Morrison's intentionally designed characters inform the meaning of her novel.
Characters Rememory
America's Rememory
Female Personification of Ideas
Kind owners-Mr. Garner gives his men guns, brags that he owns men.
Allows them some freedoms but not all-like the right to a wedding and such.
Once Mr. Garner dies, schoolteacher comes to "protect" Mrs. Garner and shows a whole new side of slavery.
David Blight
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