Howard and Buglar are Sethe’s sons. When Schoolteacher comes to recapture Sethe and her children, she tries to kill them along with her baby daughter, but is able only to kill the daughter. By the beginning of the novel, they have run away from 124 and are absent for the entire story.
Howard and Buglar Character Timeline in Beloved
The timeline below shows where the character Howard and Buglar appears in Beloved. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1
...with her daughter, Denver. They have lived in the house for 18 years. Sethe’s sons, Howard and Buglar, ran away from the house a little over eight years earlier, scared by... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 12
...next to Sethe, some presence of the dead baby. Denver tells Beloved about Baby Suggs, Howard, and Buglar. She grows to love doing chores with Beloved, grateful for any excuse to... (full context)