The Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved presents a difficult situation of slavery. It portrays that slavery leaves internal scars, not only in women but also among men. The scars mark bitter reminders to the community of their time at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Sweet Home was a home and place of work for Seth and Paul D. The introduction of large mechanized farming renders the family homeless and jobless forcing them to wander in search of a greener pasture. In the course, their personalities are twisted; some in the course lose their identity. In Paul Dís case, slavery reaped him off his manhood. He is unable to make independent decisions. Paul undergoes several stages of transformation: he is first depicted as a slave, and ends up as a healer and a leader. Paulís quest for identity is a significant theme in the Beloved. †

            The first encounter of Paul D in the novel is that of wanderer. He is so separated from himself that he cannot make out the source of the screams he hears. When Sweet Home is attacked,...