A Study of Toni Morrison's Beloved as a Trauma Narrative


  • Jumana Haseen.M PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020
  • C. Sasikala PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020


Trauma, discriminations, sufferings, violence, justice, slavery, cruelty, effects and aggression.


American novelist Chloe Anthony Wofford Morrison (1931–2019) was a significant figure. Morrison made a major literary contribution to African Americans. Ohio's Lorain is where she was born.The Bluest Eye,Paradise are among her compositions. In her 1987 book Beloved She discusses trauma and enslavement. In Beloved, the mother-child bond and the Enslavement of the human psyche is highlighted. Morrison expresses violence, terror, and murder. Trauma, both psychological and physical, is projected. Journey from Africa serves as proof of the brutality of slavery, which has endured for many years. Morrison addresses the harshest aspects of slavery in this book, focusing on the difficulties of infanticide and the misery of Specific individuals. The work emphasises Trauma and social ,cultural aspects of life, as well as persecution and discrimination. Beloved examines the destruction, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual that befalls the characters in the narrative.


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