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Was Sethe justified in killing Beloved? Why or why not?
Imagine you were in Sethe's place: what would you have done that day in the shed when schoolteacher came after you? Would you have tried to kill your children?
Beloved a ghost? Is she a dead person come back to life? Or is she a random girl who's been possessed by the spirit of Beloved?
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Why is the book separated into three parts?
If you were to pick one narrative perspective for the book (instead of the several that make up the book), whose perspective would you pick? Why?
The end of the book makes it so that we're not entirely sure what happened to Beloved. Do you think Beloved is gone by the end of the book, or do you think she's still around?
How would you feel about Sethe if Sethe were a man—a father who killed his child?
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