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teetering

Teetering (adverb)

stem

Teeter: to move unsteadily back and forth

“The Shawl” By Cynthia Ozick

“As if teetering on the tips of her fingernail.”

As if gliding on the tips of her fingernail

The pregnant woman was teetering to her doctors appt.

monotonously

Monotonously (adverb)

Stem Monotonus- describes boredom, something unappealing, ordinary

“The Shawl” By Louise Erdrich

“She became a gray sky, stared monotonously at the walls”

She became a gray sky, stared ordinary at the walls

He felt monotonus at his job so he applied to be a flight attendant to travel the world.

 

“With Amy Denver”

We can go into the end of time searching for that one moment that could’ve changed a life’s path. In “Beloved” by Toni Morrison one moment that could’ve changed the story was when Sethe met Amy Denver in the woods. If that moment didn’t happen, if those two women didn’t cross paths than 124 would’ve been haunted by different ghosts. Amy’s arrival was pivotal to Sethe and her unborn child’s survival. Without her who knows what could’ve happened to Sethe in the dark woods, they could’ve been captured by hunters and eaten by snakes. It’s not safe to be without protection in the woods or anywhere for that matter being a Negro. Amy brought Sethe back to life, she helped her in the most crucial time and helped her get stronger when Sethe needed to the most.

Sethe was tired and weak, she was knocking on deaths door. At the verge of having her child, she screamed and fortunately someone heard her. The scream stopped Amy Denver in her tracks, she heard the painful cry coming from a human. Being a white servant she knew the dangers and risks of helping a Negro. But that didn’t stop her, she was loving and compassionate, we knew this from the way she spoke with her desired velvet and didn’t once intend to report Sethe to the hunters for a reward. Sethe trusted her. (P 91. “Said this girl talked a storm, but there wasn’t no meanness around her mouth”.) Even though she told her that she goes by the name Lu. Amy was a chatterbox, Sethe had no idea what she spoke of, yet she liked hearing about the velvet its texture and various colors. It allowed Sethe to briefly forget the pain and imagine something else.

Amy Kept Sethe breathing and speaking as they continued to walk as far away from danger as they could. Sethe couldn’t go much further (P93. “the fire in her feet and fire on her back made her sweat”) Amy wasn’t going to let her die on her watch so she rubbed Sethe’s swollen feet and aided her wounded back. Amy described the scar as a tree (P 93 “It’s a tree, Lu. A chokecherry tree”), Amy did the best she could to help soothe Sethe’s pain. If they didn’t keep going, they could both be captured.

Sethe was at the point where she couldn’t go any further, she knew she was fortunate that she had even made it as far as she already had. Sethe pushed out her baby, Amy grabbed the child wrapped her up in her skirt and the three had to move on to a somewhat safe place. Amy eventually departed she had to continue on her original journey to Boston for her velvet. But before she left she told Sethe to remember her and tell her child the story of Amy Denver (P. 100 She’s never going to know who I am. You gonna tell her? Who brought her into this world? …. You better tell her. You hear me?”)Sethe was so grateful for Miss Amy Denver (P 100 “that’s pretty. Denver. Real pretty.”) The name was so beautiful to Sethe that she named her daughter Denver after her. Sethe will never forget Amy’s sacrifice. She owes Amy her life.

Sethe finally made it safely to her destination with baby Denver.

She was so filthy almost unrecognizable. Some time has passed since she last saw her family her 2 boys were growing and her baby girl, that was already crawling (P. “The little girl dribbled clear spit into her face, and Sethe’s laugh of delight was so loud the crawling-already? Baby blinked”). She was happy and appreciative her family was finally complete. She was a free woman. That young velvet loving white girl risked her own life to keep Sethe and her child alive even if it would’ve been for one more day.

In conclusion without Amy Denver Sethe’s survival wasn’t guaranteed. Amy put her own life in danger helping a runaway slave. They could’ve been hunted and killed, Amy’s compassion kept them going. If Amy would’ve ignored Sethe’s cries or reported her for a reward, the ghost of 124 would’ve been another. Some characters would’ve died and others would’ve survived with Miss Amy Denver. That’s just one moment we could continue looking for other moments that would’ve or could’ve changed the story of “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. The moment of Amy Denver created a balance and kept a mother and child alive.

 

Sethe and the Chokecherry tree

english drawing

 

I decided to create my own image. This drawing is of Sethe and her journey to her children. Getting to them means she’s a free woman.

Meaning behind this image is Seth’s life in one. She’s pregnant leaning on a Chokecherry tree [Amy Denver described it that way]. Then there’s the river where she has Denver and the escape boat. Everything here was an effect of Sethe wanting to be a free women. If she didnt let her children escape she proably wouldnt have been beaten, without her trying to eascpe to the unknown her feet wouldnt have swelled. Without her feet being swollen she wouldnt have stopped in time to find Amy Denver, without the river Sethe wouldnt have delivered Denver safely and without the boat they wouldnt have crossed the river. Pictures are worth a thousand words and here is Sethe’s thousands words.

 

The Woods

woods for english class

The woods and water where Sethe met Denver with the help from Amy Denver. Without that moment 124 would be haunted by someting much more powerful a loving mother that lost time with her family because of the era she was born in

With Amy Denver

We can go into the end of time searching for that one moment that could’ve changed a life’s path. In “Beloved” by Toni Morrison one moment that could’ve changed the story was when Sethe met Amy Denver in the woods. If that moment didn’t happen, if those two women didn’t cross paths than 124 would’ve been haunted by different ghosts. Amy’s arrival was pivotal to Sethe and her unborn child’s survival. Without her who knows what could’ve happened to Sethe in the dark woods, they could’ve been captured by hunters and eaten by snakes. It’s not safe to be without protection in the woods. Amy brought Sethe back to life, she helped her in the most crucial time and helped her get stronger when Sethe needed to the most.

Sethe was tired and weak, she was knocking on deaths door. At the verge of having her child, she screamed and fortunately someone heard her. The scream stopped Amy Denver in her tracks, she heard the painful cry coming from a human. Being a white servant she knew the dangers and risks of helping a Negro. But that didn’t stop her, she was loving and compassionate, we knew this from the way she spoke with her desired velvet and didn’t once intend to report Sethe to the hunters for a reward. Sethe trusted her. (P 91. “Said this girl talked a storm, but there wasn’t no meanness around her mouth”.) Even though she told her that she goes by the name Lu. Sethe had no idea what Amy spoke of, yet she liked hearing about the velvet it texture and different colors. It allowed Sethe to briefly forget the pain and imagine something else.

Amy Kept Sethe breathing and speaking as they continued to walk as far away from danger as they could. Sethe couldn’t go much further (P93. “the fire in her feet and fire on her back made her sweat”) Amy wasn’t going to let her die on her watch so she rubbed Sethe’s swollen feet and aided her wounded back. Amy described the scar as a tree (P 93 “a chokecherry tree”), Amy did the best she could to help soothe Sethe’s pain.

Sethe knew it was time she couldn’t go any further, she knew she was lucky that she had even made it as far as she already did. Sethe pushed out her baby, Amy grabbed the child wrapped her up in her skirt and the three had to move on to a somewhat safe place. Amy eventually departed she had to continue on her originally journey to Boston for her velvet. But before she left she told Sethe to remember her and tell her child the story of Amy Denver. Sethe was so grateful for Miss Amy Denver (P 100 “that’s pretty. Denver. Real pretty.”) The name was so beautiful to Sethe that she named her daughter Denver after her. Sethe will never forget Amy’s sacrifice. She owes Amy her life.

Sethe finally made it safely to her destination with baby Denver. She was so filthy almost unrecognizable. Some time has passed since she last saw her family her 2 boys were growing and her baby girl was already crawling. She was happy and appreciative she was finally complete and a free slave. That young velvet loving white girl risked her own life to keep Sethe and her child alive even if it would’ve been for one more day.

In conclusion without Amy Denver Sethe’s survival wasn’t guaranteed. Amy put her own life in danger helping a runaway slave. They could’ve been hunted and killed, Amy’s compassion kept them going. If Amy would’ve ignored Sethe’s cries or reported her for a reward, the ghost of 124 would’ve been another. Some characters would’ve died and others would’ve survived with Miss Amy Denver. That’s just one moment we could continue looking for other moments that would’ve or could’ve changed the story of “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. The moment of Amy Denver created a balance and kept a mother and child alive.

Name

Introduce: Whats in a name? A name is something that identifies you. It represents who you are.

Quote: A moment that represents name is when Baby Suggs asks Mr. Garner “Why upu call me Jenny” P167.

Apply: He explains it was on her bill of sale. Thats the name he thought was hers. Yet everyone that knows her knows her as Baby and if her husband tried to look for her she had to go by Suggs. Baby Suggs is the name that identifies her but according to Mr. Garner thats no name for a free slave. A name isnt something that anyone can just say is yours, a name is either sometihing you were born with or adapted to you throuhg your life. if Baby wouldve changed her name her family wouldve never made it to 124 thry dont know any Jenny’s. So what’s in a name, its something that separates you from any other being.

Amy Denver

The pivotal moment for me in “Beloved” was when Amy Denver found Sethe. Without Amy Denver stopping to help Sethe, Baby Denver and Sethe would both be ghosts. Amy was a white girl living in poverty she too had a master but had a good heart. Good enough to help a nigger. She tried to heal Sethe’s wounds and used her hands to deliver the baby. Both in fear looking over their shoulders they knew what had to be done. If hunters didnt get them the snakes wouldve so they had to move fast.

Sethe was going to have her baby no matter what happened in the unknown dark woods. A baby must come of out the mothers wound eventually. Luckily they lived to tell their survival story. After the arrival of Denver, Sethe was able to continue her journey to her children. After crossing the water Sethe had a new life, a new home, a new found freedom with her crawling baby girl, her 2 boys, and Denver. Sethe knew without the help of that white girl her life would’ve been over, that’s why she named her daughter Denver, in honor of Amy Denver’s generosity. To always remember why she was alive.

Sethe and Baby Suggs were haunted by spirits. If Sethe and her unborn child weren’t saved the “Beloved” would have a new meaning. She and her unborn child would’ve been the ghosts haunting the family instead of Beloved.

That’s why I think Sethe meeting Amy Denver is the pivotal moment without Amy, Sethe and her unborn child would be dead. Without Amy stopping to assist Sethe’s swollen weak body, they would’ve been the ghosts haunting 124 and we would be reading the haunting of 124 instead. Also Sethe wouldve died without knowing what happened to her children. She wouldve died not knowing that Halle didnt make it home. She wouldnt have seen her baby girl crawling and sharing her last moments before the baby’s death.

Rivulets

Rivulets

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison

P. 129

“Above him rivulets of mud slid through the boards of the roof”

Meaning: A small stream, tiny body of water,

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivulet

Near the corpse was rivulets of blood.

Near the body was a pool of blood.

Noisome

Noisome P 35

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison

“for the noisome cologne signal that thrilled the rabits before it confused them”

noxious, harmful

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noisome

Toxic, Hazardous, unhealthy

“for the toxic cologne signal…..”

Alex Rodriguez was suspeneded from baseball for the use of noisome and illegal steroids.