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Project 2 Part 2

Poem With Picture

If you can’t read it here’s what I wrote.

Motherly Love

Running away and hiding in a shed.

I throw one and it hits it head.

There is now a pool of red.

A baby lays on its back like when it’s on its bed.

Not looking them in the eye.

Because I don’t want to cry.

Holding in the pain.

While picking another by the ankle like a crane.

I love them so much that I must take their life.

I can’t let them be born into a world of slavery and strife.

I decided to write a poem about the scene where Sethe is in the shed trying to kill her children. I choose this picture to go along with my poem because this picture is based off a true story of Margret Garner. She was also a slave who killed her child when faced with recapture under the Fugitive Slave Act. This picture is exactly like what happened in Beloved when Sethe was trying to kill her kids. So I thought I should use this picture because it goes with the scene I choose.

Project 2 Part 1

In the¬†book¬†“Beloved” by Toni Morrison, begins in 1873 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sethe the main character, a former slave, has been living with her daughter Denver in a house at 124 Bluestone Road.¬†As you read the book you will soon find it hard to comprehend due to flashbacks, but these flashbacks talks about the¬†events that conspire while Sethe had four children. She made a decision that no mother should have ever go through. She showed lots of courage and love towards her children.¬†I feel that the scene where Sethe tries to kill her kids has the most impact to the story because it shows how¬†a mother loves their children so much the she would go the extreme and suffer, just for their sake. Due to trying to kill her kids it lead to many events that occurred in the book

In this¬†scene where Sethe ran away from “Sweet Home”, she hid in a shed behind a house. She was later found by the four horsemen with help. When she was found, she was trying to kill her children. When Paul D learn what Sethe tried to do from Stamp Paid, he went to her for an explanation. In the story it was written in third person as Sethe’s thoughts, “And if she thought anything, it was No. No. Nono. Nonono. Simple. She just flew. Collected every bit of life she had made, all the parts of her that were precious and fine and beautiful, and carried, pushed, dragged them through the veil, out, away, over there where no one could hurt them. Over there. Outside this place, where they would be safe.”(Morrison 192).In other words Sethe wanted to secure her children’s safety by sending them to the afterlife rather than being taken back to Sweet Home. Sethe said her decision was “simple”, that she would rather send her kids “over there” [afterlife] then to have school teacher take them back to Sweet Home. Sethe identifies her children as ” the parts of hers that were precious and fine and beautiful”, if Sethe let school teacher take them it’s like allowing him to destroy all the “lives” [children] she had given birth too. If Sethe never killed her 9 month old daughter, she would have been taken back to Sweet Home along with her brother and sisters. They would have then grown up as slaves and probably go through the same things that Sethe went through.

Another scene I would like to discuss would be when Sethe’s milk was stolen from her. When Sethe was talking to Paul D, she said¬†“After I left you, those boys came in there and took my milk. That’s what they came in there for. Held me down and took it. I told Mrs. Garner on em. She had that lump and couldn’t speak but her eyes rolled out tears. Them boys found out I told on em. Schoolteacher made me one open up my back, and when it closed it made a tree. It grows there still.”

“They used cowhide on you?”

“And they took my milk.”

“They beat you and you was pregnant?”

“And they took my milk!” (Morrison 19-20)

This event shows how angry Sethe was when the boys took her milk. She was furious with them because the milk was for her baby, that without her milk she would not know what will happen to her baby. Sethe was really furious because she repeated “they took my milk”, and the last time she said it there was a exclamation point, so it shows that she was yelling. This event would not have occurred if Sethe killed her child. She would not have gotten her milk stolen by the boys, and she would not have gotten whipped from the schoolteacher. Also Halle wouldn’t have been watching, so then he wouldn’t be traumatized and gone crazy.

The last scene that I want to bring up is in the beginning of the book where the narrator starts off the book by saying “124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children. For years each put up with the spite in his own way, but by 1873 Sethe and her daughter Denver were its only victims. The grandmother, Baby Suggs, was dead, and the sons, Howard and Buglar, had run away by the time they were thirteen years old‚ÄĒas soon as merely looking in a mirror shattered it (that was the signal for Buglar); as soon as two tiny hand prints appeared in the cake (that was it for Howard). Neither boy waited to see more; another kettleful of chickpeas smoking in a heap on the floor; soda crackers crumbled and strewn in a line next to the doorsill.” (Morrison 1).This scene talks about how Sweet Home was being haunted by her baby. Where it says Sethe and her daughter were its only victims, which means everyone left and there the only ones that stayed. Buglar ran away right after the mirror shattered right in front of him and Henry left when hand prints appeared in the cake. The both left because they were tired of being haunted by their sister. If Sethe never killed 9 month old daughter, she wouldn’t have been haunting 124 Sweet Home. If she wasn’t haunting the house then Buglar and Henry wouldn’t have ran away. Even Baby Suggs would probably still be alive.

Although other events might change the outcome of the book, Sethe killing her child had the most impact towards the book. If she haven’t gone and killed her child the whole book would have been totally different. Sethe would probably be living together with everyone at Sweet Home and no one would have suffered.

15 Words

1. Jutting

2. Monotonously

3. Reins

4. Ravenous

5. Febrile

6. Larynx

7. Posse

8. Flaws

9. Wharf

10. Evangelists

11. Vexed

12. Cistern

13. Muslin

14. Impertinence

15. Dainty

 

Throughout all the readings we had in class some of these words I didn’t really know while reading. While looking them up, I then understood what it meant and made the sentence much more clearer. For example while reading “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, while reading the book it was already a pain trying to understand what was going, but with words I don’t know made it even worse. After looking some of the words, it helped me understand the book a little better.¬†Sometimes I even come across these words while reading articles online. The glossary helped my range of vocabulary and made understanding many things much more easier. I can say that I can always do this while I’m reading anything. I can look up the word and find out whats the definition and make a list for later preferences. This will help me in other classes when I won’t understand a word, I would remember what I have learned in this class and use it to my advantage.

Dainty

adjective, daintier, daintiest.
1.of delicate beauty; exquisite:a dainty lace handkerchief.
2.pleasing to the taste and, often, temptingly served or delicate;delicious: dainty pastries.
3.of delicate discrimination or taste; particular;fastidious: a dainty eater.
4. overly particular; finicky.
“Here was the friend I lived so happily with, and all this fairy land of¬†sun and shadow, the free immensity of our view, and the dainty comfort¬†of the Cottagette.”
The Cottagette by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Impertinence

noun
1.unmannerly intrusion or presumption; insolence.
2.impertinent quality or action.
3.something impertinent, as an act or statement.
4.an impertinent person.
5.irrelevance, inappropriateness, or absurdity.
“I get positively angry with the impertinence of it and the everlastingness. Up and down and sideways they crawl, and those absurd, unblinking eyes are everywhere.”
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Muslin

noun
1.a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed, woven, or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for sheets and for a variety of other purposes.
“I was about to turn around and keep on my way to where the muslin was, when I heard him say, “No, no.”
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Page 228)

Cistern

noun
1.a reservoir, tank, or container for storing or holding water or other liquid.
2.Anatomy. a reservoir or receptacle of some natural fluid of the body.
“Once Stamp Paid brought you a coat, got the message to you, saved your life, of fixed the cistern he took the liberty of walking in your door as though if were his own”
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Page 203)

Vexed

adjective
1.irritated; annoyed: vexed at the slow salesclerks.
2.much discussed or disputed: a vexed question.
3.tossed about, as waves.
“Was she vexed by the loss, the free and unasked-for revival of gossip by the man who had helped her cross the river and who was her friend as well as Baby Suggs'”
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Page 199)

Evangelists

noun
1.a Protestant minister or layperson who serves as an itinerant or special preacher, especially a revivalist.
2.a preacher of the gospel.
3.(initial capital letter) any of the writers (Matthew,Mark, Luke, and John) of the four Gospels.
4.(in the primitive church) a person who first brought the gospel to a city or region.
5.(initial capital letter) Mormon Church. a patriarch.
6.a person marked by evangelical enthusiasm for or support of any cause.
“Perhaps it was the smile, or maybe the ever-ready love she saw in his eyes–easy and upfront, the way colts, evangelists and children look at you: with love you don’t have to deserve–that made her go ahead and tell him what she had not told Baby Suggs, the only person she felt obligated to explain anything to.”
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Page 190)

Wharf

noun, plural wharves

1.a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored alongside to load or unload or to lie at rest; quay; pier.
2.Obsolete.

  1. a riverbank.
  2. the shore of the sea.

“When I got to the wharf, I ran into three Aleut cousins, who sat on a wooden bench and stared out at the bay and cried.”

What You Pawn I Will Redeem by Sherman Alexie (Paragraph 3 at 2 P.M.)