What is Beloved exactly? Is she Sethe's baby girl, back from the dead? Or is she a runaway slave who's got some serious issues with her memory? On one hand, you've got all these spooky, "What a coincidence!" moments with Beloved. On the other hand, you've got characters like Stamp Paid dropping the idea that Beloved's just a runaway slave girl from nearby. Which is it? Does it even have to be one or the other?