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Caroline’s annotation.

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

I did my annotation on pages 36 and 37. This page is describing the first part of Denver’s birth story. It starts off by talking about how Sethe is walking alone in the woods with all of the wildlife and nature surrounding her. Also how she shouldn’t be walking this much when she is so pregnant and because she does anyway, her feet are very swollen and are hurting her but she keeps going to save her baby. Sethe’s conditions are not very good at all. She has on dirty clothes and she is swore all over. On top of all of this, she’s 6 months pregnant. I found it really original that they use so much imagery to describe her situation. It makes it seem more real and helps the reader understand Sethe’s situation a little better. It also talks about how eventually Sethe collapses and is found by a wondering woman. My questions is, why did this random lady decide to help Sethe?? Another thing I found interesting was that Denver really likes telling this story. Does Sethe inspire Denver? If my mom did all of that for me, I would for sure be bragging about it. I really like the passage a lot. It’s so detailed. ImageImage

Juli’s Annotation

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 5:21 am

I annotated pages 56 & 57, when Sethe, Denver and Paul D go off to the fair. After reading the passage a couple of times, several common themes stood out. They included appearances, family, separation, death, and space. (highlighted in the specific colors shown below)



This specific passage is full of imagery, though much of it has a dark underlying tone, an example being how “crickets were screaming on Thursday afternoon,” which does not set a very positive light for the rest of the narration. Sethe then describes the pressures she feels to dress appropriately, yet nicely for “her first social outing in eighteen years.”  This emphasizes Sethe’s separation from the rest of the community because of the events at 124. She has almost been hiding from the town because she is seen in a negative light by her peers, causing her to feel secluded and ostracized. Due to this, Sethe is very self couscous in her appearance for the outing, wondering whether her dress is too fancy, but also feeling as if she would be too dressed-down in her work clothes. She is very concerned about her appearance in the eyes of others. It is as if 124 has become Sethe’s identity. One is almost always associated with the other and Sethe can’t seem to break away from this pattern. It makes you wonder as a reader what would happen to Sethe if she suddenly became separated from 124 and the hauntings of Beloved.

Family and the act of caring for is also brought out in this passage by Sethe. She sees her, Denver, and Paul Ds’ shadows holding hands, though in reality they are not. This causes her to think of what a real family life would be like, yet she ends it with “could be,” like Sethe herself doesn’t believe in her own hopes. This foreshadowing comes out in a positive light at first, but with the addition of the could be, makes you wonder if it can really happen.

Another instance of separation in present when a man is describing how his rose garden, the same roses that give the carnival the cloyingly sweet smell, hides the homeless, rowdy children, and carnival goers from sight. Yet this beautiful separation of roses is only an illusion, a false security form the outside world to the man.

When you first think of roses, positive thoughts usually come to mind, yet this carnival stands out to the people because of the scent of dying roses, giving the passage it’s underlying tone of darkness. They ignore the smell as they go on with their festivities, but it is always lingering. It reminds me of the memories of Sethe and Paul D. They are always present and in the back of their minds. Though both would rather forget the suffering and pain, is never disappears, maybe it lessens, but not fully. Just like the smell of dying roses at the carnival.

Finally, it seems as if the carnival is a break (separation) from the realities of life for the people attending. Here, they get the luxury of boosting themselves up at the expenses of the carnies, who, in the minds of the blacks, are of a lower class, people to mock and look at. The final line that continues onto the next page, “the fact that none of it was true did not extinguish their appetite a bit,” seems to sum this communal feeling up well.


Sarah’s Annotation

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I annotated pages 68 and 69. I found this page very rich with emotion. It describes the relationship between Sethe and Beloved. It describes how Sethe feels about Beloved and how it is different from how she normally feels. Through tracking different ideas throughout the passage I discovered that Sethe feels Beloved looking at her; it was a tangible feeling. Sethe feels different about Beloved looking at her then when other people look at her. It was as if Beloved’s eyes consume her. Also, Sethe likes how Beloved adores her, but, if it were Denver adoring her, she would be ashamed and annoyed. Sethe is able to feel this way because she did not raise Beloved, yet she is caring for her. If she had raised Beloved as she did Denver, she would have been ashamed of the idolization Beloved feels towards her. Through simile, it is discovered that Sethe feels that Beloved gives her a feeling of importance. Beloved makes Sethe feel as though she is a role model, and she has importance in Beloved’s life. In the last paragraph on page 68, there is a motif of amount. This motif gives the reader the idea that Sethe and her family are poor because they have to watch the amount they are using as to not waste what they have. At the bottom of page 69, the reader gets the idea that Sethe is surprised that she enjoys telling Beloved about her past. If it were Beloved asking, she would not have disclosed about her past. Beloved questioning Sethe’s past is also Sethe’s way of coming to terms with her past. 

Aquene Annotates Awesomely, All Agree

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Before annotating, I looked through several pages for “richness,” and I decided on 88 to 89 because they seemed to have it. Then, I read through the two pages a couple more times to isolate a few concepts to highlight (darkness, light, and memory), and I started my highlighting. In the process of highlighting the concepts I had already identified, I found several more: shifts in emotion, sight/vision, and repetition. I didn’t necessarily plan to add that many more, but as I was highlighting with the first three colors I looked for parts with no highlighting and tried to identify what topics were at work there; as it turned out, there were three that really struck me. I then went through and read the entire passage slowly, making notes and writing questions in the margins. I found that a lot of that amounted to characterization, which makes sense given that this is a scene in which two people simply (or perhaps not so simply) sit in a room and talk. Then, when it was time to sticky note observations, I did not have a whole lot to say, as I had written a lot of comments (and sometimes even comments on my own comments) in the marginalia. I did notice that the repetition seemed to be rather clumped, so I made a graph tracking repetition through the passage. I also thought it was interesting to note who was asking the questions and who was given the orders, as it says a lot about the power dynamic. When it came to questions, I chose my top three that I had written in the margins and expanded on them a bit. They did not generally conform very well to the topics I had set out, as only one of them could be totally classified as one topic, but that reflects this text, as the topics are pretty mixed up and scattered throughout. Overall, I gained a deeper understanding of Beloved’s and Denver’s characters and the dynamic between them, by using my topics as tools to track their emotions and power struggle through the two pages.



Meilin’s Annotation

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 6:04 am


I annotated the middle of the page 120 to the top of 123. This passage is about Denver’s attending school with her colored peers, leaving the school, and encountering the baby ghost in her house. I tried to track Denver’s isolation through her life and how the isolation is related to the presence of the baby ghost. The yellow highlighter represents Denver’s initial feeling when she goes to school to learn, and the orange represents her isolation from the community and her feeling of being avoided by others. The lime color is about the baby ghost and its direct effect to Denver. Each big sticky note represents different ideas, and the small sticky notes are about questions that I had during the annotation.

The perspective is focused on Denver as the third person. Through the passage, as I was annotating, I found it interesting that how the past memory affects individual’s life. Nelson Lord’s question about what Sethe has done in the past and this has an impact on Denver not only being isolated from the community but also becoming spiritually attenuated herself. Denver’s fear of knowing the answer for the question makes her be deaf, which means the complete severance of communication. I wrote down this idea on the yellow sticky note which is connected to the main theme in this passage.

I also noticed that the presence of the baby ghost is significant as it cures Denver’s deafness: “For two years she heard nothing at all and then she heard close thunder crawling up the stairs” (Morrison 121). It seems like the baby ghost represents the past while Denver represents the present. I think “thunder” makes the baby ghost much more supernatural and powerful, and this suggests how the past is powerful and affects the present. Since these two figures are somewhat connected each other, I tried to look for the relationship between these two characters, which is shown on the green sticky note. I noticed that these two figures are contrasting the baby ghost is powerful while Denver is weak (at least when she encounters the ghost). I concluded that the baby ghost’s cure of Denver’s deafness paves the way for Denver to establish her identity later on the text.


Jiyoung’s Annotation Video Assessment

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2012 at 4:51 am

Here is my Annotation on page 157 and 158, chapter 14. I don’t specifically distinguish each color of highlighter’s mean, but more generally I use them to distinguish different patter shown in the text. With the orange sticky notes, I put questions and some information that I don’t understand or that I feel like there would be more information but I cannot figure out by myself. On the green one, I write the plots and things that I observed from the text.At first, this text seemed like it did not contain much information to annotate, but as I see more deeply, I discover some interesting points in this short chapter.

As you can see on the green sticky notes, this chapter is relatively more focused on third person Beloved’s perspective. Beloved is the one who shows the most dramatic emotional change on this chapter. She gets upset with Paul D and  feels hurt by herself. This feeling makes her think over exaggerate because when she sees her dropped tooth, she feels like she will collapse soon without Sethe. This shows her strong obsession toward Sethe. Also, when Denver asks “didn’t that hurt?” Beloved doesn’t know what to do. At this moment, Denver is wondering why Beloved is not crying if it’s hurt. Then Beloved cries. It is interesting because after Beloved heard the word ” hurt”,she cries. Not because her physical harm, but because her mind gets hurt. And she did not know that before Denver says “hurt”. Beloved is not “just” obsessed about Sethe, but she surely loves Sethe.

There is another interesting comparison between Beloved’s love and Denver’s obsession(love). Although Denver has more mature love than Beloved.  Denver is younger than Beloved but Denver hugs Beloved who is crying for Sethe, her mom. So I noted this interesting relationship with Denver’s attitude toward Beloved. (Beloved is leaning on Denver.)

As appeared on the orange stick notes, I want to ask what Beloved ‘s Dream (exploding and being swallowed) referring to in this text or what does she mean by “it is starting”. Also I see the pattern on page 158 “tutles came out of the water” “boold-red birth” “Sethe in the tub” and “tips of her tongue”. I vaguely see the connection in this paragraph, but I feel like there would be more than that, So It will be great if I can discuss about this and how to interpret this more deeply with my peers.

End of the Book Discussion *Spoilers Ahead!*

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm



Have you finished reading Beloved? Are you hoping for a place to discuss all the weird ending bits? Well, this is the place for you! If you haven’t turn back now!


For the sake of other readers, we’re using the comments to post questions and comments.

Alexa’s Annotation

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 at 4:54 am



So I annotated pages 142-143. The pink highlighter represents instances of Denver’s obsession with Beloved, the yellow represents instances of allusion to the idea that Beloved is Sethe’s daughter. Orange represents food, and purple is stuff I thought was interesting or had a question about.

The perspective this is told in is Denver’s in the third person, and I noticed quickly that Denver’s manic desire to be around Denver is well hidden. I also noticed that Denver’s obsessions were frequently overlapping other things I was tracking, or at least very close to them.

The passage outlines this unhealthy web of obsession that ultimately does not turn out well. Denver is obsessed with Beloved, and Beloved is obsessed with Sethe.

I found it interesting that Denver had Beloved holding the towels and underwear, because those are things that cover one up when they are literally naked without it. Also, the mention of food overlaps with Denver’s obsession, suggesting Beloved is like sustenance for Denver. One would wonder how that sets up the climax and falling action of the text.

Sam’s Annotation- pages 70-71

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 at 4:31 am

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For my Annotation video assessment, I’m annotating pages 70-71 of Beloved. The things that I am tracking are Sethe’s wedding dress (highlighted in pink), Sethe’s crystal earrings (green), the relationship between Sethe and Mrs. Garner (purple), and the differences between Mrs. Garner’s wedding and Sethe’s (yellow). Right from the first sentence, I noticed that Sethe was very obscure and vague. She used pronouns and was not specific at all. Another thing I noticed was that the story was supposed to be about Sethe’s earrings, but she talks more about her wedding dress than she does about the earrings. I believe that this connects to Sethe’s defensiveness, because she isn’t really talk about her earrings as much even though that’s what the story’s about. So to end this post, I would like to pose the question, Why did Sethe talk about her wedding dress more than her earrings? Is it because there’s a deeper meaning to the earrings that she wants to keep hidden or for herself or is it because she just thought that the wedding dress story would be more entertaining that the earrings story?

Allie’s Annotation

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2012 at 5:30 am


The pages I annotated for this assignment were pages 116 and 117. In these pages, Sethe is reflecting back on her memories through out her life from the memories that were from a long time ago to memories that were more recent. In these pages I was tracking Sethe’s memories, the baby’s ghost, the relationship between Paul D and Sethe, the change of setting, and Denver and Beloved’s relationship. I used colored pens and highlighters to distinguish the different ideas from each other. It is interesting how Sethe went from talking about the baby’s ghost to talking about how Beloved was “acting like a two-year-old.” Then a few lines down from that quote, she directly connected Beloved with the baby’s ghost. I am interested to see if Sethe will connect Beloved to the baby’s ghost again. Sethe also realizes that Denver and Beloved get along so well, just like they were sisters. Beloved and Denver’s relationship is really interesting to me, and I want to see if this relationship changes throughout the book. I noticed that these memories were all in different locations, but it is either close to 124 or it connects to 124 in some way. I have one question after annotating this page, and it is how does 124 play a role as a center location for these memories and main events in Sethe, Denver, Paul D, and Beloved’s lives?