For the novel beloved by Toni Morrison and why
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The story is a true depiction of Margaret Garner, who in 1856 escaped from a Kentucky plantation along with her husband and children. Sethe goes through a double trauma of slavery as a black and again as a woman. In her flight she tries to build up her own world and therefore tries to come to terms with her own self while belittling the mean demands that the white world makes on her. This attempt of her escapade is, however, foiled and she is about to be caught by authorities. She has all her life suffered but she thinks she cannot allow her posterity to suffer in the same way as a slave. She tries to kill her children in an attempt to thwart the attempts of authority to pull them back to the mire of slavery. Death becomes a Powerful metaphor with Morrison which is more of a Christian life-in-death idea than a cowardly attempt of suicide. By killing her own children for the cause of their freedom she goes very much against the Greek myth of honour-killing in a family. But the attempt at death also fails, which shows the hostility of the white world towards a creature twice removed from their world. The epitaph on her daughter's grave reads "Beloved" for which she paid a sexual fling of 10 minutes. The novel is about the attempt of women to gather their spirits together to escape the scheme that uses them as cogs in the white system. Another novel, The Bluest Eye also deals with the same question of black-women as slaves and double sufferers.