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 PassEmail author
Original Paper


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.


Dying Death Grieving process Toni Morrison Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.228.388.5769, University College of TulaneBiloxiMexico

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