Sixo is one of the slaves at Sweet Home. He is remembered for walking more than thirty miles to see a woman. He steals a pig and eats it, and then tells Schoolteacher that since he was eating it in order to do more work, it wasn’t really stealing. Schoolteacher punishes him for defiance. After his failed escape attempt from Sweet Home, he is deemed crazy and burned alive. He laughs as he dies, since he knows that the Thirty-Mile Woman escaped even if he did not, and that she is bearing his child.
Sixo Quotes in Beloved
The Beloved quotes below are all either spoken by Sixo or refer to Sixo. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Part 1, Chapter 10 Quotes
It was some time before he could put Alfred, Georgia, Sixo, schoolteacher, Halle, his brothers, Sethe, Mister, the taste of iron, the sight of butter, the smell of hickory, notebook paper, one by one, into the tobacco tin lodged in his chest. By the time he got to 124 nothing in this world could pry it open.
Related Symbols: Paul D’s Tobacco Tin
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Sixo Character Timeline in Beloved
The timeline below shows where the character Sixo appears in Beloved. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
...scar makes Paul think of the trees of Sweet Home. He remembers another slave named Sixo, who once walked 17 hours to see a woman, but had to turn back immediately... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 19
...late to work. She takes food back home from the restaurant, which reminds her of Sixo stealing a pig on Sweet Home. Schoolteacher questioned him about it and he said he... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 24
Paul D, Sixo, and Sixo’s Thirty-Mile Woman try to escape Sweet Home, but are caught. The Thirty-Mile Woman... (full context)
...wonders what the monetary values of Baby Suggs, Halle, and others is. He thinks of Sixo laughing as he died because the Thirty-Mile Woman had gotten away, pregnant with Sixo’s child. (full context)