“And they took my milk.”
“They beat you and you was pregnant?”
bought them thataway, raised em thataway. Men every one
Schoolteacher had chastised that nephew,—
But now she’d gone wild, due to nephew who’d overbeat her and made her cut and run.
Y’ALL GOT BOYS, ‘HE TOLD THEM. ‘YOUNG BOYS, OLD BOYS, PICKY BOYS, STROPPIN BOYS. NOW AT SWEET HOME, MY NIGGERS IS MEN EVERY ONE OF EM
I told you to put her human characteristics on the left; her animal ones on the right
Them boys found out I told on em. Schoolteacher made one open up my back, and when it closed it made a tree
“We was talking ’bout a tree, Sethe.”
“After I left you, those boys came in there and took my milk.
what would his own horse do if you beat it beyond the point of education
I told Mrs.Garner on em. She had that lump and couldn’t speak but her eyes rolled out
“They used cowhide on you?”
“And they took my milk!”
It grows there still.
As I read the novel I kept asking myself what was the motivation for Sethe’s acts. This question kept popping up until the moment when Sethe was assaulted by the Schoolteacher’s nephews. Looking at the turn of events, there was nothing more significant than the fact that if Mr. Garner was alive Schoolteacher would not have been involved in the lives of the slaves; to push things in a very traumatic way for the slaves.
As much as Beloved is a bitter experience for the slaves, it “opened our eyes” to the consequence of slavery. It showed what slavery did to innocent people and their community as a whole. Indeed Beloved is really an eye opener; as it opened up a lot of questions that have long been unanswered or in some cases never asked; as it affords the opportunity to think about some critical questions that have never been thought of for a very long time.
On curating Beloved the black and red color signify sorrow and death. In this context it signifies the amount of sorrow Sethe and Sweet Home slaves experienced in the hands of Schoolteacher. The picture on display shows the scars that were on Sethe’s back after she was beaten by Schoolteacher’s nephews. The tree Sethe calls it signifies the amount of pain that grow with the scars on her back. It shows how much it traumatize her day in day, which eventually led her to kill her baby.