Gender Identity in Toni Morrison’s Beloved


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Gender, Community, Beloved, Retribution, Slavery


This paper aims to explore the search for Gender Identity in Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved. The novel focuses on the African American woman to achieve and reconstruct their Identities in the community of slavery. The book "Beloved" delves into the topic of slavery and struggles faced by women in society. This novel explains two important identifications of women’s existence of slavery and freedom as the main approaches of the ages. The protagonist Sethe life is entangled with slavery. The novel's main theme is Sethe's efforts to liberate her offspring from slavery. She struggles with the haunting memory of her slavery and the retribution Beloved, the ghost of her dead daughter whom she has murdered in order to protect her from the living death of slavery.


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