Symbolism in Beloved

Importance in Beloved

Alantra Evans ENG 102. 023 Prof. Jarrett May 5, 2011 Nature as Depicted Throughout Beloved A symbol is something that represents or recommends something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance. Throughout Precious nature is used in numerous methods to symbolize different things. For this paper, I will go over how the chokecherry tree, blackberries, and water are represented. The very first sign of nature I will discuss is Chokecherry tree. On Sethe back are whelp, from which she got from a beating, which looks like a Chokecherry tree entacted with a trunk, branches, and leaves.

The tree signifies the beginning of a brand-new life in addition to the death of a liked one. It signifies the start of a brand-new life because Sethe has just sent her child, Beloved, off to 124 so that she might have a better life along with the rest of her children. She received the whelps from Teacher’s nephews because they discovered that she had informed Mrs. Garner that they held her down and took her milk. Another symbol of nature used in Beloved is that of the blackberries. Mark Paid would pick the best blackberries there where and one day he chose putting a few into three weeks old Denver’s mouth.

The berries in which Stamp Paid picked were said to offer one the feeling of remaining in Church. Berries signify the feeling of anointment, where as the thrones represent Jesus being crucified. When Stamp Paid put the berries into Denver’s mouth he had actually baptized her and became her Savior. That is why he believed she was not eliminated in Sethe’s act to save her children. The 3rd symbol I will talk about is water. Throughout Cherished water is utilized to represent freedom. The Ohio River is the body of water in which Stamp Paid brought all of the servants that were on their method to liberty.

Once a slave had crossed the Ohio River, they remained in released area. The Chokecherry tree, blackberries, and water are used as signs to represent nature. Each is major representations in their own ways. The chokecherry tree is significant being that it is a representation of new life and rebirth. The blackberries significance is that in which Stamp Paid became Denver’s savior by putting some into her mouth. The water is most important being that is the sign for flexibility, if it were not for Stamp Paid, Sethe and lots of others would not have been freed servants.