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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Beloved the ghost of Sethe's dead daughter, a mentally unstable escaped slave who Sethe mistook for her daughter, an embodiment of the millions of slaves who died, or a combination of two or all of the above? Denver herself says that she believes Beloved was her sister "but also something more".
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Beloved. Her origin story, her personality, her effect on Sethe.... oh sweet Jesus.
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    • The exorcism in the film also reeks of this.
    • Beloved's stream-of-consciousness chapter. It's a chapter entirely free of punctuation from the point of view of Beloved. She talks about her time in Hell/Purgatory/slave ship/who knows where in a really graphic way, made even worse by her child-like outlook on it. She has the mind of a ONE-YEAR-OLD, remember.
    • The shed scene...actually, the shed scenes. Both of them. First when Denver believes Beloved has vanished into the darkness only for her to reappear, point to a wall and say "That's my face." We very soon learn what she means in the second shed scene.
  • The Woobie - Sethe, Denver, Paul D, Beloved... damn near EVERYBODY.


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