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Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 117–124 | Cite as

Toni Morrison's Beloved: A Journey through the Pain of Grief

  • Olivia McNeely Pass
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Dying Death Grieving process Toni Morrison Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.228.388.5769, University College of TulaneBiloxiMexico

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