In Toni Morrison's Beloved, she seems to almost totally forsake the future of those who experienced the slave condition. Sethe is continuously haunted by her dead daughter, she fixates on how many feet she has, and she stays in the past to avoid the fright that freedom proposes. Paul D often thinks of the bit, he wanders the countryside not wanting emotional connection with anybody, and Sixo's laugh haunts his thoughts. The only true optimistic character in the whole novel is Denver.
"It was true Paul D. saw her the next morning when he was on his way to work and she was leaving hers. Thinner, steady in the eyes, she looked more like Halle then ever(313)."
Denver is the first generation of black individuals born out of slavery. Her birth literally occurs right when Sethe escapes. Morrison portrays her at the end as a strong black woman. One who can succeed in the white world around her, while maintaining ties to the black community. Denver unlike Sethe is not too proud, she does not hesitate to ask for help from people like Lady Jones and Ella. She saved her mother from another stint in jail by tackling her when Beloved disappeared. Denver is now Baby Suggs' girl, with the strength of her grandmother but without the emotional scars left by the rememories Baby encountered. The future looks bright for the black race and Denver in particular, but it seems as though Morrison says that to be strong in the world a black individual must first grapple with the past, almost die with its treachery, and then expel it, not passing it on but reveling in its lesson.