Toni Morrison's Beloved: A Journey through the Pain of Grief
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This paper elucidates the structure of Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, using the framework of human emotions in response to grieving and death as developed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Through her studies of terminally ill patients, Kubler-Ross identified five stages when approaching death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. These stages accurately fill the process that the character Sethe experiences in the novel as she learns to accept her daughter’s death.
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- Toni Morrison's Beloved: A Journey through the Pain of Grief
Journal of Medical Humanities
Volume 27, Issue 2 , pp 117-124
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- Grieving process
- Toni Morrison
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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- 1. 228.388.5769, University College of Tulane, Biloxi, MS 39531, 156 Benachi Avenue, Biloxi, MS, 39530, Mexico