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Beloved Visual

I chose to create a video depicting a similar scene Paul D could have experienced when he escaped the chain gang during the rainstorm. I used a video editor to overlap both the sound of thunder and the chains, while using several images representing slave labor. The first two images show slaves working with the sound of the chains playing in the background. When the chain sounds stop, the final image shows a group of slaves running away.

 

Project #2 Cover Letter

The part of this project that I think i did an accessional job on was the actual essay for part 1 because despite the fact that I was dreading to begin this project because I was not sure if I had enough to wright and was not familiar with the five step method in weighting either, but when I began to wright I just could stop. It was an easier assignment than I actually anticipated. I believe I had more than enough to say about the scene that I chose and I think that I executed the five step method fairly well despite the fact that I have never seen this method before.

The part that i found most challenging was picking the passage  and scene because there was so many important scene in Beloved that was very crucial to the story line of this novel. Also this was a very hard read to wrap around and get into the story. the wording that the author chose to use for Beloved was very confusing and this book was very graphic and traumatizing with some of the scenes.

I learned how to analyze a scene in greater depth and just stop to imagine how the rest of the storyline would have played out if just one scene was taken out of the story.

If I could have changes one thing about this project I would be the entire book all together. I did not enjoy this book. I the book was a little more interesting and easier to understand I would have enjoyed this assignment even more.

Beloved Portrate

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I chose to use this image because of the carefully selected words that symbolize the struggle and hardship that african american people had to overcome in the past.The character of Beloved embodies a generation of slavery and is a symbol of the ghost of the more general historical past of slavery just as she haunts the lives of her mother, Denver, and anyone else who comes in contact with Sethe’s family on 124.These stories that are contained within the complex characters of Beloved in the novel by Toni Morrison, many of which are mere fragments that cannot be truly pieced together until the end of the novel, relate a vivid and relentless portrait of some of the worst horrors of slavery.

 

 

Project #2 “Beloved”

The novel Beloved by Tony Morrison is about a African American Lady names Sethe and how her past experiences are haunting her physically, mentally and emotionally. Sethe has survived multiple forms of suffering that is explained early in the novel as she is experiencing flashbacks of her slave years. As you read through this novel we see many scenes that contribute a great deal to the storyline. Some scenes are as clear as water but some are hidden symbols that was brought up once again more towards the ending of the story.Going back to Sethe’s suffering, we see one form of suffering that really carried on throughout the story. This suffering is of course from the scene where Sethe’s milk was taken from her. The milk scene played a major contribution as a symbol in this story. If Sethe’s milk was never taken from her the entire novel might have taken a different path and I will explain to you why.

The scene that I would like to bring to attention and I believe was a very significant detail to the story can be found in the beginning of the novel in chapter 1 page 10. This is a scene where we can easily depict the anguish and suffering that Sethe had to overcome.

“I had milk,” she said. “I was pregnant with Denver but I had milk for my baby girl. I hadn’t stopped nursing her when I sent her on ahead with Howard and Buglar.”

Now she rolled the dough out with a wooden pin. “Anybody could smell me long before he saw me. And when he saw me he’d see the drops of it on the front of my dress. Nothing I could do about that. All I knew was I had to get my milk to my baby girl. Nobody was going to nurse her like me. Nobody was going to get it to her fast enough, or take it away when she had enough and didn’t know it. Nobody knew that she couldn’t pass her air if you held her up on your shoulder, only if she was lying on my knees. Nobody knew that but me and nobody had her milk but me. I told that
to the women in the wagon. Told them to put sugar water in cloth to suck from so when I got there in a few days she wouldn’t have forgot me. The milk would be there and I would be there with it.”

“Men don’t know nothing much,” said Paul D, tucking his pouch back into his vest pocket, “but they do know a suckling can’t be away from its mother for long.”

“Then they know what it’s like to send your children off when your breasts are full.” “We was talking ’bout a tree, Sethe.”
“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 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!”

To explain this in simpler terms, Sethe was beaten down by schoolteacher’s nephews and her breast milk was taken from her by force. This flashback is very important because it begins the symbolism of milk in the story. After reading this, we can see that Sethe was treated poorly in the past. This scene is very important because without this part of the story the entire story would of been told differently. Sethe’s mindset would of been completely different. The events that trigger this flashback of her milk being taken from her would not of happened. This scene also brings the topic of her suffering and how the suffering frightened her. This scene brought a chain reaction throughout the rest of the story.

Sethe’s milk being taken from her is probably the most significant part of Beloved. This was a very traumatizing moment in the story not only for Sethe but for the readers as well. With that said I would like to bring to your attention another scene from the story that can be found in chapter 7 page 41 of the novel.

“There is also my husband squatting by the chum smearing the butter as well as its clabber all over his face because the milk they took is on his mind. And as far as he is concerned, the world may as well know it. and if he was broken then, then he is also and certainly dead now.”

In other words, the incident where milk was taken from Sethe was traumatizing not only to her but to her husband Halle as well. It was something that both of them could not get out of their minds. This horrific incident put unwanted thoughts in Halle’s mind and did not know how to deal with this kind of stress. This one single incident drove him insane and drove him away for good. Halle was never seen agin after the butter scene which impacted Halle and his wife Sethe pretty hard. After reading this we can pretty much assume that Halle would be dead. Just the thought of being a widow to Sethe was a very unsatisfying feeling . This feeling stayed with her even after leaving Sweet Home. This scene is one of the most pivotal scenes in the story that resulted directly from the scene where Sethe’s milk was taken from her. Because of this Sethe’s heart was broken because of the loss of her husband Halle. I think this scene was also a direct relation of Sethe being able to being able to grow and move on. Without Halle’s disappearance Sethe would still be with Halle and not have escaped from Sweet Home to start a new life with Paul D and she would of probably still been living at Sweet Home. Therefore the milk scene was a very significant and story changing scene.

As we read on later in the story we begin to see a different side to Sethe. She is more compassionate towards everyone especially to Beloved and Denver. As a mother she loved her children. She wanted to give everything she had away to her children whoever the milk scene did in fact still take place so she is scared but that did not stop her from showing love to everyone around her.

Seth wanted to provide for her children regardless of what has happened or what could happen in the future. Based on the knowledge that we have of Sethe we can conclude that she has somewhat of an obsession with her goals. I believe that Sethe began this obsession with this goal the day her milk was taken from her. If this had not happened the entire story line would have changed. Since the day that her milk was taken from her she began preparing herself to give up everything that she had in order to provide for her children.

I would also like to talk about the events surrounding the milk incident that occurred as a direct result of it. As we know, Paul A and Sixo are missing throught the entire book because they are dead. The milk scene was a direct contribution to their deaths because they dies right after Mrs. Garner was notified about the attack. After that, the schoolteacher found out about the grand escape and proceeded to execute them. The birth of Denver was also a result of the milk scene. Denver was conceived by Sethe with the help of Amy. During the escape, Sethe, seriously injured, was ready to give birth but the conditions were too intense and almost died in labor. Amy found her struggling and insisted on helping her. She got Sethe to a safe place to give birth and proceeded to help with the delivery of her baby. To show her recognition for her help Sethe named her child after Amy Denver and named her baby Denver. Lastly, the murder of Beloved. The thought of slavery tainted Sethe’s mind and she refused to let her children live the same way that she was forced to live so she attempted to kill them but only succeed in killing one in the process which was Beloved.

In conclusion, the milk scene was the most significant and story changing scene in the entire novel because this event transformed Sethe and her entire mind set. This event enabled her to grow as a woman and not an animal that she was pictured as in the beginning of the story when she was still living in Sweet Home. This scene resulted in many crucial events that in the end all surrounded that one scene where Sethe’s milk was taken from her. If the milk scene had not taken place, Halle wouldn’t have ran away, Paul A and Sixo wouldn’t have died, Denver wouldn’t have been born properly and Sethe would not have kill Beloved which would of totally transformed the entire story line.

Final Proj 2 Paul D The Charmer Part 2

The primary focus of my piece is the character Paul D. Paul d character takes the story where it needs to be and formulate a twist of flashback that one must pay close attention; to enjoy the drama. This brought me to express the compassion he (Paul D) shares for Sethe and most of all his charismatic charm towards other female throughout his journey. The character role of Paul D is vital; because Sethe needed someone she can trust and knows her well to release some of her pain and anger towards her pass life at sweet home. They stole Sethe milk and for that, she became a mad woman. In addition, I developed a poem about Paul and written over Sethe chokecherry tree back. This; express Sethe pain while understanding Paul D affection for this woman. The chokecherry tree is from lashing Sethe receive when Schoolteacher and his boys took over sweet home. It’s a shame the pain an individual (Sethe) endure to stay alive during her times. So I wanted to demonstrate through my piece that Paul D is there to cover Sethe no matter what. Paul D maybe failed her in pass life but now, he shall be there to hold Sethe down. Below I have an Image of the Poem “Paul D” and a link For Part 1 of most pivotal moment.

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Proj. 2 Paul D the Charmer Part 1

The most pivotal point of the story Beloved by Toni Morrison was, when Paul D arrived at 124. At this moment I knew his role throughout this piece is vital because the flashback begin instantly. Creating; and setting the tone for the development of the story. Paul D character came like a storm from the pass, as Sethe try her hardest to patch up her pass nightmares from sweet home to move forward with her freedom. But this storm was a necessity for Sethe character to release all her pass hate, and mishaps so she can move forward with her life. On the other hand, Paul D was charming and easily likable; which made Sethe worry about how many women he had throughout his travel before arriving at 124. Who’s Paul D and how can help at 124; did Paul D start the story?

After his freedom he was happy to journey and enjoy life a little; then to find somewhere with someone that he knew; 124 was the place to be. Paul D has change for better; at this point he understand his life have a value, “Young girls sidled up to him to confess or describe how well-dressed the visitations were that had followed them straight from their dreams”. If Paul D, wasn’t gifted my comprehension is vague, he knew what to say because the women love him to death. He’s kind and sympathetic and for that Paul D is well liked “Strong women and wise saw him and told him things they only told each other: that way past the Change of Life, desire in them had suddenly become enormous, greedy, more savage than when they were fifteen, and that it embarrassed them and made them sad; that secretly they longed to die–to be quit of it–that sleep was more precious to them than any waking day”. Paul D surely understood how to take care of ladies really well. His charisma was next to none, in comparison to his other brothers throughout the story. Paul D was always like by Sethe but she grew very close to Halle primarily because, he respect and cared for his mom. For five years every Sabbath he, Halle slave for his mom freedom; Halle had sympathy and Sethe love that. With Halle, out the picture, Paul D made it his duty to find Sethe, at 124.

When Paul D arrives, Paul D character granted Sethe the mental freedom. She instantly wanted Denver to meet and know Paul D. Paul D is the only character besides Halle (Sethe former husband) that Sethe will ever trust and share any pass experience with. Sethe was hurt and lonesome before his presence. However, Sethe compassion for her pass life at sweet home play an essential role for the character she has become at 124; with the presence of Paul D, she become a woman of the house, like one whom treats her husband well and ensure a proper meal is fix upon his arrival for supper; “As she raised up from the heat she felt Paul D behind her and his hands under her breasts. She straightened up and knew, but could not feel, that his cheek was pressing into the branches of her chokecherry tree”. Paul D was one of a kind, he love Sethe for the history they share. Even though he rubbed his cheek on Sethe back her feeling in that area was gone due to the constant beating in the same region, Paul D felt the pain Sethe felt and sympathize with her, by sharing the same bed, love making without removing clothing; why wait: “the fact that Paul D had come out of “that other one” into her bed was better too; and the notion of a future with him, or for that matter without him, was beginning to stroke her mind. As for Denver, the job Sethe had of keeping her from the past that was still waiting for her was all that mattered”. Paul D presence became a feeling of hope, love and unity for Sethe; yet somewhat confused due to the fact that she cannot believe how he found her after so many years and miles of separation.

As Sethe reflects on her pass life and the constant uncontrollable changes: “She knew Paul D was adding something to her life–something she wanted to count on but was scared to. Now he had added more: new pictures and old rememories that broke her heart. Into the empty space of not knowing about Halle—a space sometimes colored with righteous resentment at what could have been his cowardice, or stupidity or bad luck–that empty place of no definite news was filled now with a brand-new sorrow and who could tell how many more on the way. Years ago–when 124 was alive–she had women friends, men friends from all around to share grief with. Then there was no one…” Paul D enables Sethe to reevaluate herself and understand, where she is has an individual. This expresses a lot because Sethe had withdrawn herself from the community like Miss Emily Grierson, the Rose for Emily by William Faulkner whereas Emily stood as a symbol to the community when she died everyone throughout her town was eager to dig through her house because they wanted to know what was in Miss Emily Grierson house. At the end of the day Miss Grierson was hurt and she died very unhappy because she lost what was important to her; her father. Paul D arrival gave Sethe that closure that Emily Grierson needed but no notice throughout the community.

All in all, Paul D role nest a burden from a wreck soul. Sethe was at a point of destruction and his character presence enables Sethe to coop. Paul D entry is the story, he connected characters and most of all the community to 124 due to his friendly personality. It was important that Paul D arrive because what story would have been told, how would Sethe rest mentally or would the story be the same?

Project 2 Most pivotal Scene in Beloved

Beloved’s Most Pivotal Scene

Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” is about an ex-slave, Sethe, who killed her daughter to save her child from a life of slavery. What she experienced was so dehumanizing that she felt dying would be better than going back. She makes the decision to take her children’s lives mercifully, rather than leave them in the hands of the Schoolteacher.  Although life in Sweet Home became very hard after Mr. Garner died, I feel that without the nephews taking her milk, she wouldn’t have tried “saving” her children the way she did.

When the Schoolteacher sees what she has done he thinks “…Now she’d gone wild due to the mishandling of the nephews..,” and I feel that he is right. I think that the nephews holding her down and taking her milk had a direct relation to the killing of her older daughter, which was done to save her from a fate worse than death.

Years later when she is telling Paul D about this incident, we get a little glimpse of how much this event hurt her.

“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 one open up my back, and when it closed it made a tree. It grows there still” (Morrison 19).

Sethe tells Mrs. Garner what the nephews had done, and in return gets beaten under Schoolteacher’s instruction. Her back was torn open, and would heal to become a tree of scars covering her back. In addition to the physical scars, this event left her with psychological scars as well. In fact, her wounds were probably not even done healing when Schoolteacher showed up in Baby Suggs yard.

The quoted passage continues:

“They used cowhide on you?”

“And they took my milk.”

“They beat you and you was pregnant?”

“And they took my milk!” (20)

Paul D. sees the tree and that is all he is could think about. Sethe including “And they took my milk!” shows us how strongly this hurt and dehumanized her.

Running away from Sweet Home, Sethe was all alone. Halle was supposed to accompany her but he never showed up.  At this point she was very pregnant, and her back was a mess. She later finds out from Paul D the reason Halle never showed up. Halle had seen what happened to her and had a mental breakdown.

“The day I came in here. You said they stole your milk. I never knew what it was that messed him up. That was it, I guess. All I knew was that something broke him… But whatever he saw go on in that barn that day broke him like a twig.”

…”It broke him, Sethe.” Paul D looked up at her and sighed. “You may as well know it all. Last time I saw him he was sitting by the chum. He had butter all over his face” (81)

Halle had seen what the nephews did to her, and was powerless to stop them. This drove him insane. Because of what the nephews did, Sethe lost her husband. He was not there to help his pregnant, barefoot wife to safety. Sethe and the baby still made it to Baby Suggs alive (thanks to Amy Denver), but with a husband and without a tree, the trip would not have taken such a devastating physical and psychological toll on her.

When Beloved comes back, Sethe is sure she would understand why she had to do what she did. Here we see Sethe thinking about what she would say to Beloved:

“…I didn’t have time to explain before because it had to be done quick. Quick. She had to be safe and I put her where she would be. … I’ll explain to her, even though I don’t have to. Why I did it. How if I hadn’t killed her she would have died and that is something I could not bear to happen to her. When I explain it she’ll understand, because she understands everything already. I’ll tend her as no mother ever tended a child, a daughter. Nobody will ever get my milk no more except my own children. I never had to give it to nobody else– and the one time I did it was took from me–they held me down and took it. Milk that belonged to my baby…. The one I managed to have milk for and to get it to her even after they stole it; after they handled me like I was the cow, no, the goat, back behind the stable because it was too nasty to stay in with the horses” (236).

Shethe was trying to keep her children safe. Going back to Sweet Home would have been a death sentence, and Sethe could not let that happen to her beloved. We see here, when she equates going back to a death sentence, that she brings up the taking of the milk. It wasn’t simply that they took it, but that it was for her baby and they took it regardless. The way they dehumanized her is on her mind when she’s explaining her actions.

She finally makes it to Baby Suggs, and starts getting better. She spends twenty-eight days with her family, new friends, and freedom. The rape of her milk, the beating, delivering in the forest, Halle still gone, these things don’t leave her mind. When the Schoolteacher shows up at 124, she loses it. She knows what he is capable of, and she goes ahead and tries to “save” her children from what she clearly believes is a fate worse than death.

If her milk hadn’t been taken, Halle would have been fine, and escaped with her. Delivering in the woods would still have been an ordeal, but with Halle there and no tree on her back, it wouldn’t have taken such a toll on her. Without that transformational event ,she would never have been able to kill her child.

 

Morrison, Toni. Beloved: A Novel. New York: Vintage, 2004. Print. Pgs 19, 20, 81, 236

Project 2 Part 1

In the novel “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, each character faces their own hardship and struggles to get to the point where they are at. There are many moments in the story that can impact the story in a major way, it would change how each character would live. One of these moments that would majorly impact how the story would be written is when the schoolteacher comes into the Garner house after Mr. Garner had passed away.

After the schoolteacher comes into the Garner house, he brings his two nephews with him and soon after they steal Sethe’s milk. We learn of that when Sethe is talking about it with Paul D years after it had happen.

“…The milk would be there and I would be there with it.” “Men don’t know nothing much,” said Paul D, tucking his pouch back into his vest pocket, “but they do know a suckling can’t be away from its mother for long.” “Then they know what it’s like to send your children off when your breasts are full.” “We was talking ’bout a tree, Sethe.” “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 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!”

In this scene Sethe is talking to Paul D while she is making dough and Sethe starts talking about how important it was for her to give milk to her daughter Denver. Then she goes back into time to explain to Paul D what had happen to her when the schoolteacher came into the Garner house with his nephews. Sethe tells Paul D that she was taken to a barn with the schoolteacher and the two nephews where they held her down and raped her there.

This scene is important because it starts a big spiral of misfortune for Sethe for many years to come. After this happens to Sethe, she starts to lose many things that are important to her and this kind of thing that happen to her in such an early age would have effect on her and those around her. This would not have happened if the schoolteacher did not come into the Garner house and took advantage of the fact that he was in control over those that lived there.

Soon after this happen another impactful scene would appear in front of Sethe. The schoolteacher tried to take Sethe and her children to be taken as slaves. Sethe would respond to this by trying to kill her children, so that they would not have to live being a slave.

“…Right off it was clear, to schoolteacher especially, that there was nothing there to claim. The three (now four—because she’d had the one coming when she cut) pickaninnies they had hoped were alive and well enough to take back to Kentucky, take back and raise properly to do the work Sweet Home desperately needed, were not.”

In this scene Sethe was able to see the schoolteacher before the schoolteacher saw her and quickly gather her children into the barn. In the barn Sethe decided that it was better for her children to die then face the life of living as slaves. The schoolteacher finds Sethe in the barn after she had killed one of her children, while the other three had escaped and he quickly notices what Sethe had done. The schoolteacher could not take Sethe as a slave after noticing what she had done to her children because she was sick.

This scene is important because after experiencing being raped by the schoolteacher’s nephew Sethe yet again was faced with another hardship. To have to pick whether you like your children live as slaves or kill them so that they wouldn’t have to experience it, that is something that not one person would want to do. Sethe having to make this choice just tells how much her children were part of her life and the value they represent. If the schoolteacher never came into the Garner house, Sethe would have been living with her children in a peaceful life instead of having to make the choice of whether killing her children or letting them live as slaves.

After having to live with all this that happen to Sethe, the moment when she learned that her husband Halle, whom lived with her at the Garners did not abandon was an emotional moment for her.

“There is also my husband squatting by the churn smearing the butter as well as its clabber all over his face because the milk they took is on his mind [. . . ] I don’t want to know or have to remember that. I have other things to do: worry , for example, about tomorrow , about Denver, about Beloved , about age and sickness not to speak of love.”

In this scene Paul D tells Sethe about her husband Halle who she thought abandon her when they lived at the Garner house. Sethe learns that Halle did not abandon her, but that Halle went crazy because he was in the barn when Sethe was raped by the schoolteacher’s nephews.

This scene is important because Sethe thought the entire time that her husband abandoned her. Sethe was worried about Halle a lot because she did not know what had happen to her since she never got to see him. When she learned that he went crazy because of what he saw, she could come to the fact that Halle did not survive after seeing what had happen to her and did not blame him anymore for not being able to save their children. It also let a lot of burden off her mind because she did not have to think about what condition Halle was in anymore. Sethe also realizes that instead of letting out her emotions, she had been living with them all the time all stuffed up inside of her.

If the schoolteacher had never came into the Garner house after Mr. Garner had passed away these moments would have never happen to Sethe. Not getting her milk stolen would have never scarred or would have it have made Halle go crazy. Sethe would also never would have been presented with the choice of killing her children or letting them be sold as slaves. The schoolteacher not coming into the house would have changed a lot of what the story would have become.

Sethe’s Worst Fear

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This image of a hat is a representation of what can be described as the trigger that set Sethe in motion and led her to gather her children and take them to the woodshed where she felt they would be safe.   In the woodshed the most pivotal moment in the novel occurred.  She managed to kill her first daughter on whose headstone the word, “Beloved,” the only word Sethe could afford was inscribed.

It was by chance that Sethe was squatting in the garden and manage to see Schoolteacher’s hat hovering above the garden fence before he saw her.   She knew his presence there, at the house at 124 Bluestone meant only one thing, a return to slavery for her and her children.  Sethe had experienced slavery and knew its harsh realities.  She knew what it was like to be beaten, treated and classified as an animal and not able to love anything or anyone for fear they could be separated and killed or sold at any time.   Noticing the hat before the wearer saw her gave her a head start that changed the course of her life and that of her family.   Her mind and body worked at high speed, pushing, shoving and dragging her children into the woodshed.  Then she lost all rationality, “no, no, nonono,” she repeated as she made the decision that death was safer than slavery for her and her children.  That was the worse decision of her life.  This is because after that unfortunate day, not only did she have to live with her conscience she also had to live in a house haunted by the baby, endured being shunned by the towns people and the loss of her two sons who ran away from her.   Her worst suffering came when Beloved the reincarnation of the dead baby returned for revenge.

 

PROJECT #2 / PART 2

Beloved Haiku

I may have been beat.
But my duty still remains.
I must provide milk.

What I decide to do for project 2 part 2 is a haiku inserted in a picture of a milk bottle. Now what exactly is a haiku? A haiku is a poem that consists  5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second, and 5 on the last. This all adds up to 17 syllables.

The pivotal scene I chose for Part 1 of this project was the scene where Sethe was beaten down and had her milk stolen. This scene brought about many events in the story. Without those events, the story would have played differently.

As we know, Sethe developed sort of an obsession to provide her children with her breast milk. When she developed her own milk, all she could think about was giving what she couldn’t have as a child. However at one point of the story, Sethe was attacked by schoolteacher’s nephews and had her milk sucked right out of her (I may have been beat). Although this left a stain in her mind, she still wanted to give. It was her duty (But my duty still remains) and obsession to nurse her children (I must provide milk) Throughout the story we see this obsession and we see that she wanted to be the best mother she could.

For the haiku, I had to think pretty hard on how I wanted to write it. You’re limited to what you can write and there’s a set format you have to follow. I wanted to portray Sethe’s image as a dedicated mother while bringing up the milk robbing incident. As a result, I came up with what you see. To add a bit more creativity, I decided to use a simple image of a milk bottle (It was hard to pick one) and simply edit the haiku text inside it. The milk bottle (which can be seen as a bottle of cow milk) represents in which I believe is the way she was treated. Like most slaves, Sethe was treated poorly and it seemed like she was treated more as a cow than a human. Like a cow who has no control of who takes her milk, Sethe had no control in this situation.