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John C. Cannon
November 30, 2011
We All Need The Love
“Beloved”, is a novel which deals with effects slavery had on African Americans. Morrison allows the opportunity to make some since as to how the white men’s treatment of black people during the Civil War area affected blacks. As, Nancy Jesser states, in her article, “Because chattel slavery, colonization, and racism penetrated every moment in U. S. history, there is a sense in which all homes are haunted by violence and trauma” (Jesser 386). Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”, looks at the different ways slavery, will affect the lives of Paul D, Baby Suggs, and Sethe.
Paul D has trouble dealing with his manhood. As a Sweet Home man at least that is what Mr. Garner called him when he said, “Now at Sweet Home, my niggers is men every one of em. Bought em that way, raised em that way. Men every one”
(Morrison 12). Paul D is not a man at least not in the eyes of the other slave masters in Kentucky. To them a slave is not a man he is just another animal or just a piece of property. Mister the rooster was better off than the black men of Sweet Home, Paul tells Sethe, “Mister was allowed to be and stay what he was. But I wasn’t allowed to be and stay what I was. I was something else and that something was less than a chicken sitting in the sun on a tub”(Morrison 86). It is no way a black man would be able to look at himself as being a man. It would be even difficult for woman to look at him as such as well. Paul D’s manhood was always being tested. Nancy Kang in her article talks about Paul D when she states, ”When Paul D imagines the mocking smile of Mister, the imperious and significantly colored rooster who has the leisure time to sunbathe while Paul labors, he directs a misandry impulse towards his own compromised position as a black male slave, subordinate even to an animal”(Kang 848). White men could not have a black man be looked at nor called a man, to do so would mean that a...