Sethe has a really complex relationship with herself. Sethe is the character that is unable to forget the trauma of the times when she was a servant and fearing that her children may not fall into the same fate, prefers to even kill them. The main style is that Sethe remains in search of her own identity and Morrison likewise attempts to reveal the ruthlessness and troubling effects of slavery that existed even after they were not slaves. The ex-slaves likewise feel inferior to the white individuals and when Denver goes out of her home to discover a job and finally she finds her identity.
Sethe is lacking this throughout and keeps herself isolated and only plays the role of a mother. ‘Those white things have actually taken all I had dreamed’, she said, ‘and broke my heartstrings too. There is no misfortune in the world however white folks.’ (Precious, Chapter 9, Page 89) Sethe eliminates her child woman so that she is not physically, spiritually or mentally oppressed by the masters or whites of that time. Sethe suffers the regret of her this specific act and when the very first time ghost of Cherished comes in her house she gets exceptionally frightened and desires it to disappear at any expense.
However the 2nd time, Sethe permits Beloved’s ghost to destroy her home and digests her anger at even the cost of her relationships just because she believes that in this manner she can relax her daughter’s ghost. Beloved seems to be thinking about Sethe and she listens to her and this satisfies Sethe too. Sethe has faced the dark and dismal days of slavery and the entire life she tries to safeguard her kids from entering into that life. Sethe’s special interactions with Beloved, her incarnated daughter reveals a completely different photo. She battles with herself and her feelings and the majority of the time she is lonely.
She trusts very few people and has actually cut herself socially, especially from the black individuals. She determines herself as a various individual in various stages of her life. Sethe’s relationship with Cherished takes a different shape and assists her recover from the physical and mental trauma of slavery. The use of importance and allusions refer only to the confused and suffered mindset of Sethe. Beloved has numerous complaints and thinks that her mother abandoned her whereas Sethe is unable to describe her daughter why it was better to pass away that to reside in such traumatic scenarios.
At these stages Sethe seems to be defenseless and ends up being more and more self-indulgent. She feels sometimes that she had no right to kill her daughter however the love and regard she had for her children required her to do so. Her dreams for her kids and their future were definitely not to live like slaves and she did what the moment required her mind to do. Her motherly emotions are different from a basic mother and she is seen very much possessive about her kids too. She states,” [A] nybody white might take your entire self for anything that came to mind. Not just work, kill or impair you, however filthy you.
Unclean you so bad you couldn’t like yourself any longer. And though she and others endured and got over it, she might never let it happen to her own. The best things she was, was her children. Whites might filthy her al, right, however not her best thing, her stunning, wonderful best thing– the part of her that was clean.” (Cherished, Chapter 26, Page 251) The unique in fact is Sethe’s memories in a shattered way and one has to gather them and comprehend and this makes the recognition of relationships of Sethe with her two child even more difficult.