Beloved

The "Rememory" and Community Values 12th Grade

In her novel, Beloved, set in the post- Civil War United States, Toni Morrison creates a story of “rememory” from Sethe, a woman who escaped slavery and kills her newborn daughter to free her from such fate. As the freed - by escaping or buying their freedom - slaves set up communities throughout the Northern United States, these communities developed sets of values and principles with which they coexisted after the perils, suffering, and scars of slavery. Through her portrayal of community, the author is able to showcase what this black community in Cincinnati holds as valuable and encourages its members to value. The black community Morrison develops values pride, family, and frugality. First, pride is evidenced as people in the community have a sense of self, and appreciate what they have and love themselves. Second, frugality is valued as the community expects its members to live by their own means, and not beyond them or behaving in an ostentatious way. Third, the community values family as it places expectations on its members to support and care for their families. All in all, Morrison, through the Cincinnati black community in Beloved portrays the values that this community held and expected their members to follow, and...

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