I don’t want to speak to soon but I think Beloved could be my favorite book so far this year. Not to say that the other books were boring, but I completely agree with Mr. Heidkamp that this book is a page-turner. It is fairly easy to read and I feel like we have already jumped into the plot from the very first page.
An interesting motif I have picked up on is Sethe’s eyes or vision. The first it caught my attention was when Paul D describes them as “iron eyes” (10). He says she has “a backbone to match” perhaps alluding to her personality. She seems like a strong person who has endured a tough past and perhaps her eyes represent this. Her vision is also mentioned on page 14 when thinks back to “the woman she has known all her life”. She describes various gruesome situations that her mother looked away from. I think also points to the rough life she has had and how it makes her a strong person. When Denver feels lonely, seeks the comfort of her mother looking at her (15). This also shows that Denver thinks her mother is strong. I believe this motif probably represents something deeper that we will see as we continue to read the book; this is just my initial view of what it means right now. And yes, both of those puns were intended.