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Beloved: Symbols True or False
How did Sethe get the "tree" on her back? -> Schoolteacher told one of his nephews to whip her.
Why is Beloved associated with water so much? -> It's all about getting (re)born. You know, water breaks when a baby is ready to be born and, funnily enough, Sethe pees like water is breaking when she sees Beloved. Also, Beloved's got memories that she shouldn't have—bad ones, about the Middle Passage and being on a ship at sea.
Paul D is all about his tobacco tin box. What does his tin box refer to? -> Private ownership of an object—a big deal since slaves didn't often get the chance to own anything.
When Stamp Paid feeds baby Denver blackberries, all the woman go nuts because baby Denver's digestive system isn't ready for a solid fruit like blackberries. But then, everyone can't keep from feeding her those blackberries. What do those blackberries signify? -> Lots of fiber. Did you know it's super-high in fiber? Ask Dr. Oz.
Mother's milk is a big deal to Sethe and her daughters. Why? -> Mother's milk and nursing help create a mother-daughter bond.