Toni Morrison 's Beloved : An Examination Of The Fundamental Human Rights And Relationships

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Toni Morrison’s Beloved is an examination of the fundamental human rights and relationships that the institution of slavery has prevented blacks from claiming. From parent-child relationships to basic assurances of physical safety, there is nothing that can be sacred or protected to the slave. True freedom, therefore, necessarily requires the tremendous audacity of claiming the relationships and rights that slavery had forbidden and maintaining them. The slave’s access to God should be no exception to this pattern of loss and audacious claim. Indeed, the divinity that blacks create performs the only miracles present in this story. These expressions of divinity, however, are overcome by condemnation within the black community itself and by displays of white power that Morrison characterizes as God-sent. Although Morrison believes in the existence of God, she seems to suggest that the God that exists is not one that blacks can claim. Blacks cannot claim access to God or his protection because whites have usurped that connection to God through their claim to ownership of black agency and humanity. In order to claim any access to divinity, blacks must create that divinity for themselves.
In the Clearing, Baby Suggs establishes herself as a powerful expression of black divinity separate from God. She preaches what Stamp Paid calls the “Word,” an emotionally charged sermon that exhorts blacks to love their own bodies and claim ownership of them. Moving from one body part to…

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