In chapter seven of Beloved, Morrison addresses the iron bit worn by Paul D during their time as slaves. When we watched the video of Morrison discussing her novel, I appreciated the images of the bit that was provided (if you didn't get to see it, I tried looking it up on google, but nothing came up), because living in priveledged 21st century America it is hard to imagine what a human bit could even look like. The bit was a cruel agent that stripped the slaves of their humanity. A completely animalistic tool, the bit degraded them to the lowest point, like a dog with a muzzle. Paul D talks about how he couldn't stop the men from stealing Sethe's milk because he was subject to the bit. Sethe knows the terrible humiliation it brought to him and the painful memories he feels because of it. When describing the feelings from the bit, Morrison describes the humiliation more than the physical pain. This is an interesting choice because given our elementary understanding of slavery, slaves were subject to beatings frequently and didn't have much pride to be taken away. However, Morrison brings about new ideas about slavery and the agency and manhood that is rarely taken into account.