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Theology, Psychology, and Politics: The Holy Trinity in Morrison's Beloved

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dc.contributor.advisor Maguire, Roberta S.
dc.contributor.author Selenka, Nicole
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T20:13:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-10T20:13:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation Volume VI, December 2011, pp.25-37. en
dc.identifier.uri http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/56665
dc.description.abstract This essay dissects the previously unstudied allusion to the Catholic Holy Trinity in Toni Morrison's Beloved and explains how her purpose in using this allusion, like the Trinity itself, is threefold. Excerpts from the novel reveal how Morrison uses the Trinity to develop her three main characters and their relationships to each other, deepening Beloved's already dense plot. Textual evidence for Morrison's exploration of the reality, fear, and enormity of the enslaved experience is also presented, and how Morrison unites these specific psychologically damaging experiences into a singular commentary on post-Civil War African American consciousness through her trinity of characters is demonstrated. Further, the political climate of the 1980s is investigated and the assertion that Morrison uses her allusion to the Trinity to comment on the tacit reversion of civil rights at the hands of the neglectful Reagan administration and Rehnquist Court is made. These three interdependent aspects of Morrison's Trinity allusion are also used to illuminate Beloved's hauntingly obscure closing message. en
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dc.subject African American en
dc.subject Black theology en
dc.subject Political psychology en
dc.subject Toni Morrison's Beloved en
dc.subject Civil rights en
dc.subject Post-Civil War en
dc.subject Trinity en
dc.title Theology, Psychology, and Politics: The Holy Trinity in Morrison's Beloved en
dc.type Article en

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