I found myself wondering what the connection was between the movie and Beloved as I walked out of class the day before break. After a full week of pondering, I have decided that reality is the link between the two. Most Hollywood movies and fairy tale novels have happy endings, however our two subjects of discussion end on a more realistic note: in the film, the bad guy wins, the good guy dies, and our favorite character does not really know where he'll end up. The message intended by the director, I believe, is that actions have consequences. You can't make huge mistakes and have them instantly go away by growing as a person from them, no, in the real world you are held accountable. This is similar to Beloved. Sure, Sethe and Denver grow as characters but at the end of the book, Beloved leaves without a trace, almost as if she had never been there. Toni Morrison's point is that the past is almost as inescapable as the present. In both cases the harshness of reality is never alleviated, but the characters endure and live on, because they have no other options.