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February 27, 2007


ben L

Adrian I really like how you interpretated the symbol of corn. I thought it was spot on it in your comparison. I really think she did have to be extricated from her own shell or sheath in order to blossom. NOw, let me play the devels advocate and say maybe MOrrison just used it because its a harvested crop in the south. There is a underlayer to everything that needs to be peeled away.

Jake R.

I disagree a little bit with how the corn needed peeling, because I don't know if Sethe really had any horrible rape experiences before that point. I don't really remember, because I'm working on the LIA paper while reading Beloved, which is getting a little confusing, but at that point in Sethe's life, I don't think that there was anything significant that was in her past that she needed to face (at least sexually).

Anita Murad

I agree with you Adrian. I also realized the analogy to corn was a little bit strange and like how you interpreted it. Sethe may not need to face any type of sexual past, but she does need to face the fact that she killed her baby before she has any type of relationship with Paul D.

Mike s

I thought it was kindof a virginity thing, especially in the impromptu we got today. "the pulling down of the tight sheath, the ripping sound, always convinced her it hurt." and "exposed at last" and how they refer to the corn as being "too young to eat". any thoughts?

Rona K.

After reading all the comments it's hard to find something to add. I definitely do agree with you. Ben also brings up a good point. Perhaps her roots from the South need to be revealed and thus Morrison chose a popular southern crop (and illinois one...). Also if you think about corn, it's rough on the inside and smooth on the out. Maybe Morrison is trying to show that Sethe does not necessarily come off as strange/crazy (or whatever you consider her) but on the inside there is much more than meets the eye...?

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