Cherished is a soul-stirring book with brilliant images, historic background and complex characters. The dark and grey, tones of slavery is very highly captured in detail by characters going through the horrific experiences of slavery. The brutal pictures of slavery tarnishes their lives with “marks”(Beloved), scars, wounds, shackles, and memories with heavy concern of the past, fragmented self in the present and really foggy view of the future.
The precious self, which is the birthright of every person is stained, fragmented and diminished by the unpleasant experiences of slavery.
The body undergoes numerous difficulty, abuse and agony; and the mind is made crippled, dependant and weak with fatigue and hostility. The scars of slavery lower the human beings to ashes, where they are drained pipes of any hope and light. The spirit is submerged in the burden of life, and daily presence for survival. Some of the strong ideas around which the novel revolves are: love (mom’s possessive love), household, self-possessiveness, concern of the past, and desire for ownership. These styles unite the events and the characters within the story.
These are the themes that likewise reflect that human self is greater than the mortal contusions caused on the body by the unpleasant experiences of slavery. The power of mother’s love is the strong force which manages many happenings within the story. The life of the protagonist Sethe centers on the defense of her kids from the scaries of the slavery. She lived an awful life, where there was no ray of light and still handled to protect her freedom in the challenging days of pregnancy. How she handled to do it lies in her self-confidence as a mom, for the defense of her children.
Her mother love is the strong chord which propels her actions to send out away her older kids for security and security to Child Suggs. In the last and tough phases of pregnancy, when even strolling is painful, she chooses to escape from Sweet House with the assistance from a white lady Amy. She gives birth to her 4th child on the run and still discovers strength to continue till she reaches the safety of home, where Infant Suggs copes with her other children. The whole length of the novel is weaved with instances that enhance the strong desire for the household.
The vision of unified family under one roof is something held as goal for Sethe (the main character), Child Sugg (the paternal grandma), Denver(the living child), Paul D(another servant from Sweet House) and Cherished( the ghost incarnate). The “House 124” is the symbolic of the shelter of house, which brings all the characters under this one roof, where all the interaction and intricacies arise. This is where the past, present and future are face to face, in the race for dominance and survival. This is where the mystery of the numbers is exposed.
The critical function which Beloved, the 3rd child, dead in addition to living, plays is abstruse. She produces the mysterious haunted atmosphere within the walls of “Home 124”. Precious fills the missing number 3, and stays as the unseen force calling the shots through her possessive love and desire for vengeance. She represents the invisible force of past, which manages the actions of the present. The residents of “House 124” are secured love, possessive love which directs their thoughts and actions beyond control.
The world outside does not attract them; they want to be in the security of their house, which represents their liberty and security. The ownership of “Home 124” is her very first effort to live a typical life without the shackles of slavery. Ownership is intricate, when the experiences are so strained by the ruthlessness of the past. The stamp of ownership decreased the people living within the system to indifference. The body suffers, the mind is shattered with discomfort and anguish, and the spirit is lowered to vacuum.
In this desperation, human beings can act out of love in unforeseeable methods to get away from the darkness and grimness of the circumstance. This is what Sethe did when she eliminated her one year-old child due to the fact that she did not desire her to live the life which she was living. The mark on Sethe’s mom was a mark of belongings, the branding of a slave. The human’s who were owned as slaves were dealt with worse than animals. For the very first time, Paul D reveals his 18-year struggle, the limitless running and hiding. To him, slavery is even worse than being an animal: “Mister [the rooster] was allowed to be and remain where he was.
But I wasn’t.” We discover of the ruthlessness of the teacher’s two nephews, who sucked on Sethe’s milk as if she were an animal. The pain of seeing his better half abused by the owners school instructor and his nephews, drove Sethe’s other half Halle mad. (Cherished). The strong desire for ownership can likewise be seen, in the future in Sethe, Paul D, Beloved and Denver, when they are living in “Home 124”. Their relationship is likewise a struggle in the claim of ownership and struggle to find that strength to make the claim.
The most significant obstacle in their claim for love and ownership is the heavy burden of the past which they bring as haunted voices and dark clouds. The powerful game of love and seduction makes this struggle for power more complicated. The significant function of the heart wounded, locked away and bleeding strengthens the requirement for love and ownership. The exposed breast as the source of milk, a sign of nurturance indicates the power of protection and ownership. Sethe manages the chief events within her home; she is the nurturer as well as the killer.
Her love is possessive and strong. She has made it through and wishes to hang on to the chords of the future. Sethe’s possessive love is challenged by Beloved, the ghost of the dead baby eclipses the life of people living at “Home 124″when she exposes herself as a female, 19 or twenty years of age, coming out of the marsh totally dressed. She is tired and thirsty, however her shoes are new and her skin is flawless except for 3 scratches on her forehead. It takes her more than 2 days to drag herself to 124 With an extreme voice, she pronounces that her name is Cherished.
Precious brings back lots of memories, specifically those concerning the horrors of slavery (Precious). The existing contrasts expose her out of world qualities. Much of the imagery in Beloved is devoted to the picture of the cellars of a servant ship, with implications that this is the place Beloved was prior to she was born. The description is among a womb, not of a confined servant ship. The past has been forgotten, and there is a strong feeling of being caught in the darkness (Cherished). Precious is an unsafe mix of human qualities and ghostly qualities. Though hungry for love, she can smother love with vengeance.
She is a schemer and a parasite, which arrives in the “House 124” to fulfill her incomplete desires and prompts. She is only centered on herself, which intensifies her fears and terrors. The horror of the obscurity, the pangs of appetite and the worry of death paralyzes the mind and the body. The self, the spirit within is gradually overpowered by the pain of physical torture. The memories haunt the living in addition to the ghost, as a shadow of all the experiences. The images of volume and noise also plays a significant role to describe that “Home 124 was spiteful” (Beloved).
Here the spite is alive– it is, as Stamp Paid realizes, the roar of “individuals of the damaged necks, of fire-cooked blood and black women who had actually lost their ribbons” (Beloved). What roars is the dead, the oppression dealt to more than sixty million, all alive in Beloved. The volume betrays a sinister part of Precious which has not yet surfaced. The loudness is the cry, the anguish and the frustrations of life’s experienced by people in shackles and chains, without any liberty to live, think or feel. It is self weeping to be conserved from this mortal fight of pain and anguish.
The deep imprint of slavery is once again called into play when Paul D thinks back about “Sugary food House” (Beloved) Even death does not prevent the human soul and human self from the desire for flexibility. Though the mortal contusions injure the mind and body, they do not totally destroy the sanctuary of the self, nevertheless fragmented and withered. This light within is what keeps human beings, such as Sethe and Sixo, to keep going and to discover the way to liberty, either through escape or death. The helplessness experienced as a victim of slavery taints the self deeply, leaving an individual unclean and dirty from within.
“That anyone white could take your entire self for anything that came to mind. Not simply work, kill or incapacitate you, but filthy you. Filthy you so bad you couldn’t like yourself any longer. Unclean you so bad you forgot who you were and couldn’t believe it up … The very best thing was, was her [Sethe’s] kids. Whites may dirty her all right, however not her finest thing”(Beloved). The self-confidence of Sethe is extremely highly represented in the lines above, revealing she is willing to go to any length to protect her kids and conserve them from getting filthy.
The possessiveness and the protective element of maternity are very powerfully revealed in this comment. Mom love is the protector and the nurturer, but likewise a killer. “Slavery is not just an organization; it is a viewpoint and frame of mind which is significant in its consequences” (ROTHSTEIN The dreadful memories of the previous hold a powerful influence on today life of Sethe and Denver. The re-emergence of Beloved on the scene as half human and half ghost, half kid and half adult adds intricacy beyond comprehension.
All the effective feminine feelings play an important role in adding drama and despair. The entanglement of the relationships between Denver and Beloved, though siblings, exposes the deep jealousy and bitterness. The dependence and immaturity, is identified by their selfishness and insecurity. The overcast clouds of wounds, scars and shackles, are too heavy a concern to bring from one life to another. The past is a burden, the present is a struggle and future is so foggy that the road to flexibility seems lost.
The insatiable desire of the fragmented self to rise in spirit to face the world is the gorgeous message hidden in the loads of ashes of the past. The message is to bury the past, loosen up the shackles of the present bindings and seek to future with the hope and guts. Works Cited ROTHSTEIN, MERVYN. “Toni Morrison, In Her New Novel, Protects Women. “Books. August 26, 1987,. The New York Times Business. 1 Mar 2007 <. (ROTHSTEIN) "Beloved." Cherished. 1998-2007. Research Online Inc. 1 Mar 2007 <