Sethe, unusual, unfamiliar, and often mysterious in the

Sethe, a Slave to Her PastNumerous authors in American literature produce characters whose origins are unusual, unfamiliar, and often mysterious in the work. Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved successfully introduced a character that resembles the features mentioned above. Sethe, a young black woman born into slavery escapes from extreme bondage in the Nineteenth Century in the United States with memories bounded with torture. The novel contains many scenes that are immensely striking, which the majority has to deal with the treatment of the African-Americans. Slavery has always been one of the appalling phenomena in our world. Though, some individuals simply tend to ignore and hide the reality and the intensity of slavery. Not only Sethe but anyone who has once experienced slavery has to confront the horrors and the memories left behind to move on with their lives. Sethe’s strange origins under these circumstances reflect her psychological and emotional impact and undistinguished relationship with her mother and children by recalling her vile memories. Sethe grows up and experiences childhood on a plantation and gets sold to the Garners at the age of thirteen. She moves to Sweet Home as a former slave and was made to suffer more than any human being should have to, particularly during the last few days. Before she ran from Sweet Home to meet Baby Suggs and Halle, School Teacher comes to Sweet Home after Mr.Garner dies. Sethe was whipped and raped as soon as School Teacher realizes she tried to escape. A white girl, Amy, saw the horrible, bleeding scars on Sethe’s back while helping her take Denver, and said that the wounds looked as if it were a “chokecherry tree with blossoms” (Morrison 153). Furthermore, Paul D describes it as a “decorated work of an ironsmith too passionate to display” (Morrison 21). Not only, but before she could find Halle and escape, School Teacher allowed his two sons take Sethe into the barn, hold her down, and suck the milk from her breasts. Thinking that Beloved, her daughter would have to experience this barbarity, Sethe decides to kill her. Sethe does not wish Beloved to be “dirtied” by the “whites” (Morrison 251). Inclusive, she killed Beloved because she wanted both her and her daughter to have freedom, though she will never free her feelings of guilt. Sethe is repeatedly brought back to Sweet Home through recalling her memories, against her desire to forget it. Yet, Sethe was free, she was never going back to Sweet Home, or to School Teacher.  In preparation for her escape, Sethe “collected every bit of life she had made, all the parts of her that were precious and fine and beautiful, and carried, pushed, dragged them through the veil, out away, over there where no one could hurt them” (Morrison 192). Sethe had to protect her children from the austerity of slavery because her mother failed to protect her, and she knew it was the right decision to make. Sethe not ever bonded or associated with her mother. Sethe was raised by another lady because her mother was constantly busy working in the fields. Sethe’s mother “went back to rice and Sethe sucked from another woman whose job it was” (Morrison 51). Sethe had never felt what love was like until she had her own babies and love filled within her. As a result, Sethe devoted her life merely to her children and pledged to keep them safe. Her love for her children is distinctly shown when she chooses to kill them rather than make them suffer from the terror she had already known and experienced.Unlike Sethe’s relationship with her mother, Sethe and Denver have a very unique connection. During a conversation with Paul D and Sethe, Sethe recalls the memory of her stolen milk. That dreadful incident refers to Sethe’s lack of ability to raise Denver. Not only her milk was stolen, but the nourishment Denver needed was also taken from her. The fact that Sethe had never once received love in her life makes it hard for her to give love as well, regardless how much she loves Denver. Sethe’s lack of connection with Denver, later on, puts a strain on their relationship since Sethe loves Denver in more of a protective way than a motherly way. Denver on the other hand, seeing Beloved as being partly evil, taking the life out of Sethe, is directly affected to become independent. The memory of Sethe’s stolen milk constantly emerges in her daily life, still fresh and alive. Though, she “rememories the stories that have been disremembered so that she may truly let them go and look towards the future” (Rhodes 82). Sethe’s past was never truly dead until she finally accepted and confronted her past. To sum up, Toni Morrison skillfully depicts Sethe’s rather unfortunate origin toshape her character as an African-American and her ambiguous relationship with her children. This novel highlights a real picture of slavery during the Nineteenth Century and these origins moreover shaped the deep meaning of the work as a whole. Despite Sethe being successful in escaping Sweet Home, she is haunted so much by Beloved’s apparition and her memories, resulting to lose a sense of who she really is. Morrison emphasized the idea that Sethe’s repressed past was still present, not only in Sethe’s life but in the lives of countless Black Americans today and anyone who has experienced slavery in any part of this world.