Toni Morrison was born in Loraine, Ohio on February 18, 1931.She has accomplished many things from then until now.From writing several books to being a trustee of the National Humanities Center, she finds the time to remain grounded and stable.She has written many books, one namely Beloved which focuses on one woman's trials and tribulations.
Beloved is about a woman named Sethe, now living in the Reconstruction-era farming country of Ohio.Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery, but is haunted by its heritage. She must deal with this haunted life on every level, from the fires of the flesh to the heartbreaking challenges to the spirit. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War, this profoundly affecting chronicle of slavery and its aftermath is Toni Morrison’s greatest novel, a dazzling achievement. The story traces Sethe’s history back and forth through time, both as a free woman and as a young slave on a plantation known as Sweet Home. When another former slave, Paul D wanders into Sethe’s life, he stirs up memories of her past. Paul D wants to help her forget those memories, but her back carries horrible scars from the beatings of a lifetime under the control of another man, making forgetting almost impossible. The ghost of a baby daughter also keeps Sethe’s memories alive, a spirit bent on evil and destruction. One day, a strange woman appears in Sethe’s yard, covered in insects and speaking in a “possessed” voice, shall we say.This strange woman is called Beloved. Sethe takes Beloved in and ignores her disgusting behaviors like vomiting on everything and wetting the bed and trying to seduce Paul D.
“I certainly thought I knew as much about slavery as anybody,” Morrison told the Los Angeles Times. “But it was the interior life I needed to find out about.” It is this “interior life” in the throes of slavery that constitutes the theme of Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Beloved. Set in …