Boundaries in Beloved by Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison's Beloved explores the life of an African-American woman, Sethe, and her family during and after the slavery era in America. The plot is hugely driven forward by the various boundaries that the characters face and overcome after their escape from enslavement. After his escape from enslavement Paul sets up boundaries for himself, allowing him to live a life where he won't be hurt too much, but when he meets Sethe once again he struggles to free himself from them and leading a good and full life. Another boundary is the isolation of the members of 124, jealous of the attention and the circumstances of Baby Suggs' escape from enslavement the community isolates the family of 124 but in time Denver manages to heal the rift between them. The biggest boundary was of Sethe who has to make things right in her world. Sethe has to overcome the fact the she killed her own child and that her baby thinks that she needs to be punished for the deed. Although committing the murder out of love, Sethe has been unable to forgive herself. The various boundaries in Beloved are responsible for determining the outcome of the novel in the end. They represent the will and need to survive in Sethe, Paul and Denver and the lesson that they may harm us but when overcome, they secure our happiness and prosperity. Paul has faced a lot of hardships in ships life and they have become a barrier for him and prevent any meaningful relationships being formed with him and even if they are formed they are very fragile. Paul D thinks that if he loves too much, sooner or later he will have his heart broken. Risky, thought Paul D, very risky. For a used-to-be-slave woman to love anything that much was dangerous, especially if it was her children she had settled on to love. The best thing, he knew, was to love just a little bit; everything, just a little bit, so when they broke its back,

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