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03/26/2010

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Thank you. I thought the exact same thing. I do not think that Sethe's struggle had much to say about gender equality. I mean, they were probably a little too preoccupied by the oppression of slavery and race to feel significant effects of gender oppression. Yes, Beloved deals with a majority of female characters, but that does not equal feminism.

The only way I see it as feminist is that it presents these characters pretty much without making a deal out of their gender. Maybe it could be called gender-blind?

I agree with you too. I don't feel like this book is here to inspire women through these female characters, it's depicting a struggle and life as a female ex-slave.

Eh, I could take or leave Bernie's commentary on femminism in Beloved. Motherhood is given a certain power and stigma in Beloved and I think that celebrates the female experience and is therefore feminist in some sense of that awfully multi-dimmensional word. Then again there's no direct moral lenience towards anything in Beloved. In fact, I think the book actually blurs moral lines, so it would be quite difficult to say that it rhetorically endorses equality of women or really anything at all.

I also did not clearly see the feminism in Beloved. I think that motherhood is a very powerful part of womanhood but does not show the female characters in Beloved being equal to their male conterparts. I dont think equality amongst the sexes was very stressed in Beloved.

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