Precious by Toni Morrison (Review)
Cincinnati, Ohio, 183. 124 Bluestone Road. Only a mother, Sethe, and her daughter Denver, are living in a haunted home. They are African ex-slaves, survivors of a painful and terrible life. It is Paul D, another servant from “Sugary food Home”, that unexpectedly comes, who brings back memories of a past that has been long since buried. The more Sethe and Paul D speak about their past sufferings, the more they are healed. However, the ghost that haunts your house remains as a mystery. This book, “Beloved”, a touching and effective social novel composed by Toni
Morrison, is a deeply extensive reading experience. Morrison utilizes the exact same techniques as the most reputable and admirable authors. These consist of musical language, as she mentioned: “I desired my language to be musical”. This method provides the unique poetic lines, like: “Lay em down, Sethe. Sword and shield. Down. Down. Both of em down. Down by the riverside. Sword and guard.” (page 86). Likewise, she uses little accurate images, that are described in detail. With this technique, the reader can feel as if he or she can ponder the image and see the charm in it.
An example of this is: “She frowned and looked at her daughter-in-law bending toward the baby. Roses of blood blossomed in the blanket covering Sethe’s shoulders.” (page 93). As the story unfolds, the reader finds the real humanity of the characters by Morrison’s outstanding use of stream-of-consciousness. The rememory that happens throughout the unique analyzes a vicious and obscene system of the not-so-old American society. Morrison presents some demonstrative examples of that last century America, that might be called “Hell on Earth”.
Sethe and her household were all victims of slavery in a location called “Sugary food Home”, where they worked at a plantation. Sethe was sexually abused while she was pregnant of a child she later on called Beloved. She was so awfully whipped by the white nephews of the owner that she carries permanent scars. After she delivers, she cuts the infant’s throat. She could not bear to consider the child living slavery. The general plot consists of sources of dispute that play an important function in this story. These are race, gender, household and supernatural problems (which is the existence of aranormal activities.) These are parallel themes found in “Beloved” that essentially anybody can associate with, no matter which color. Racial issues is the primary style in this story. However, they are not unlike those checked out in other stories and historic writings. All the ruthlessness and abuses are probably conservative compared to the reality of what took place in most cases. For this factor, this book ought to not be considered as a story about the life of an ex-slave, but about something else more basic.