Paul D was unable to accept Sethe for her past, a woman who murdered one of her children.
Sethe’s love was too big and thus he moved out of 124 and into the local church’s damp, cold cellar.
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In 1873 slavery had been abolished in Cincinnati, Ohio for ten years.
Why might the book make this move to “explain” the supernatural?
Significantly, Lady Jones, another, though kindly, “schoolteacher” also refutes supernatural explanations.
Yet the climax of the novel—Sethe’s act of infanticide—is depicted according to schoolteacher’s point of view.
Why does Morrison choose to disclose the circumstances of Sethe’s tragedy as they appeared to schoolteacher?
Stamp Paid is one character to question the reasoning of this however.
For example, Baby Suggs has premonitions, Stamp Paid hears voices, and Beloved seems to be some sort of ghost.