Toni Morrison

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The Ohio River

As the border that demarcates the free territory of Ohio from the nearby southern slave states, the Ohio River is of great significance. For slaves such as Sethe, the river represents the promise of… read analysis of The Ohio River

Sethe’s Scar

Sethe’s scar on her back is an emblem and reminder of the physical cruelty of slavery. But the scar eerily resembles a beautiful tree. This can be seen as symbolizing the deceitfully pleasant and beautiful… read analysis of Sethe’s Scar

Paul D’s Tobacco Tin

Paul D says that instead of a heart, he has a tobacco tin in his chest, where he keeps all of his painful memories and emotions. This image symbolizes his need to repress memories and… read analysis of Paul D’s Tobacco Tin