Toni Morrison's *Beloved* as Ghost Story?

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Toni Morrison's *Beloved* as Ghost Story?

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1prehensel
jul 16, 2007, 9:05 pm

Years ago in a seminar, I had a professor posit that Beloved, in Morrison's book of the same name, was not a real person, but a ghost. Has anyone else ever heard this? It makes sense, but I was interested in what a bunch of ghost story fans and purists might think. If she is, does Beloved count as a ghost story?

2clamairy
jul 16, 2007, 9:43 pm

Absolutely. While I was reading it I thought she was a ghost. It's been a while since I read it, though.

In fact, I just googled 'beloved ghost story' and this is what showed up:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4DMUS_enUS207US207&q=Beloved+Gh...

3Ann_Louise
aug 19, 2007, 9:33 pm

I think of it as more like "literature with a supernatural element" - if that makes sense. The main point of the story isn't so much the effect, the scare, as exploring her effect on other characters.