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Possession, Displacement and the Uncanny: The Haunting Past of Slavery in Toni Morrison's Beloved
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper adopts a psychoanalytical approach to Toni Morrison’s Beloved by focusing on the significance of 124 Bluestone Road and the entity Beloved, as both a character and a source of displacement for the other characters as a result of the traumatic events that plagued them throughout the novel. In order to accomplish this, a close reading of passages dealing with this location’s haunting and the manifestation of Beloved as the flesh and blood spirit will be used to discuss the meaning behind the metaphor. Furthermore, certain psychological and literary terms will be utilized in the course of this analysis including: personification, repression, possession, metaphor, displacement and the uncanny in order to attempt to answer the question about how the author used these devices to narrate the trauma of the characters Sethe, Denver and Paul D, giving merit to their symbolic struggle with the trauma of their past and its negative impact on their identities.

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2018. , p. 27
Keywords [en]
Beloved, psychoanalysis, personification, possession, displacement, uncanny
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-29157DiVA, id: diva2:1281646
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English language education
Educational program
Upper Secondary Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-22 Last updated: 2019-01-24Bibliographically approved

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