Can someone tell me what the trees/chockcherry trees symbolize?
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the scars on sethe's back when she was getting beat.
Upon Sethe's back is a maze of scars, referred to by Paul D as a "chokecherry tree." It is the remains of an operation schoolteacher performed upon her back in an effort to determine how much she resembled an animal. The tree, which is ever-present but can never be seen, is symbolic of the burden which Sethe carries. It is her past, and it is the prejudice of white men against her. It is a mark made by people who believed her to be an animal.
From sw that I had forgot!
the burden which sethe carries