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'Beloved' Questions for Study and Discussion

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Beloved is one of the greatest works by Toni Morrison. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in Beloved? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?

  • How does Toni Morrison reveal character in Beloved?

  • What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in Beloved? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is Sethe consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How essential is the setting to the novel? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • Why is Beloved so controversial?

  • Should Beloved be banned? If so, why (or why not)?

  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?

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