Part Two, Chapter 23
All 4 voices mix for this last chapter in the series. Cherished restates her need to “sign up with,” to be one with Seth. Sethe took her face away, Cherished believes, and Beloved declines to lose that face again. The voices speak with each other, Sethe and Beloved, Beloved and Denver, and then the three together. Sethe asks Beloved for forgiveness, however Beloved avoids the question. Denver cautions Beloved that Sethe is dangerous. Precious demand her complete connection to Sethe, stating that they are laugh and laughter, and that she wants Sethe’s face. Again and again, we hear the words of one female declaring another for herself. By the end of the chapter, it is uncertain who is speaking, and we close with three repetitions: “You are mine/You are mine/You are mine.”
Starting with a fair quantity of coherence and ending up being less clear as the voices end up being less unique, this chapter is haunting and threatening. It ends with a loss of identity, as the reader can no longer tell who is saying what. The claims to ownership are strong, with Cherished making the most insistent claims of all as she refuses to distinguish between herself and her mother. Keep in mind also that she does not forgive her mom for the murder.
Part Two, Chapter 24
Sitting on the church porch steps, Paul D drinks and feels that his tobacco tin has been pried open, leaving him susceptible. He wonders if he needs to have lost his mind back when Sixo did, if it was going to concern this minute anyway. He remembers his household, and for the first time we hear that Paul A and Paul F were his bros. He can not remember his mother and never satisfied his father.
Sugary food Home was as good a life as a servant could have while Mr. Garner lived, although Paul D vividly keeps in mind when one of his siblings was sold and separated from him. No one thought the bad stories Baby Suggs, Halle, and Sixo outlined other slave-holding estates. All depended upon Garner; after his death, the precariousness of their position ended up being clear. He continues to believe obsessively about Garner’s pronouncements that his servants were all guys: “Was he naming what he saw or developing what he did not?”
Paul D remembers the plan they had made to escape on the Underground Railroad. The strategy was made months in advance, however needed to be altered since Sethe became pregnant. Increasingly more issues arose, until the last run was a disaster. Halle and Paul A were no place to be discovered. Sixo and the Thirty-Mile woman showed up, however all 3 of them were pursued. Sixo and Paul D were recorded by a big group of men with guns, including schoolteacher. Sixo would not stop singing, till teacher decided he would never ever be appropriate as a servant again. They attempted to burn Sixo alive, but the fire was not quickly enough, and Sixo would not stop singing or laughing and shouting. It was the only time Paul D ever heard him laugh. The males shot him to silence him. The white males spoke with each other about schoolteacher’s issues at Sweet Home, and Paul D learned his cost for the very first time: $900.
Back at Sweet House, in chains, Paul D had a final conversation with Sethe. When he saw her eyes, they were all black, like iron, without any whites left in them. He repented to be there, chained in front of her. She informed him that she was going to run, and because she was a woman and pregnant Paul D never ever anticipated to see her alive again.
Paul D can not separate his technique for shutting off his heart and survival. Now that he can not stop himself from sensation, he questions if he needs to have passed away with Sixo; Paul D believes that to enable himself to have feelings will ruin him.
The description of their strategies and stopped working escape are told in today tense to give the memory a vividness, to show how powerful and present the run for liberty is for Paul D’s mind still. He never saw his bro again, he lost Sixo, and his fortunes turned for the even worse.
Paul D, Paul A, and Paul F were bros, but their shared name stresses the loss of self under slavery. All the young boys were interchangeable pieces rather than private human beings. They were differentiated by letter, like exhibitions in a courtroom or identical items on a list. After his capture, Paul D heard schoolteacher name his price. For the very first time, he understood his worth as a piece of residential or commercial property. He started to ask himself just how much each of them cost, marveling that the members of the only household he ‘d understood had prices attached to each of them. Sethe, he realizes, was an important product, because she was home that might replicate itself. The truth that he still finds himself thinking along these lines reveals that Paul D is still not able to lay claim to himself. His fear about his manhood and its source also shows that worry. He is not exactly sure if he was ever actually a guy, or if he just imitated one because Garner taught him how. Twenty-five years after Sweet Home, he feels uncertain about his masculinity and is not sure of his own worth as a person.
Sequel, Chapter 25
Stamp Paid sees Paul D to try and make him reassess his choice to leave Sethe. He informs Paul D the story of his name: when he was a boy, his partner was taken in by their master’s boy. For a year, Stamp (his name was Joshua then) did not touch his own better half. When she finally came back, his reaction was not joy but misdirected rage. He had a dream of breaking her neck. To assist him handle his rage, he altered his name, figuring that all financial obligations had been paid throughout that year.
He safeguards Sethe’s actions. Paul D tells Stamp that he is scared of Sethe, but a lot more frightened of Beloved. Stamp is curious about where Beloved came from; he presumes, as Sethe when did, that she may have been secured by a white guy and used sexually up until she escaped.
Stamp, like Child Suggs, declined the name on the proof of sale. Baby Suggs took the name utilized by her liked ones; she wanted to keep her identity connected to her relationships with other blacks, rather than to the documents that belonged to her status as a slave. Rather than take a new name that had its origin in the speech of enjoyed ones, Stamp took his name from something he endured. His name likewise refers to his role as a messenger and envoy for the Underground Railroad-he was the “stamp paid,” the thing that guaranteed that the thing being sent out (the people getting away through the Railroad) would make it to the destination. His name is a badge of honor; like Sethe’s scars, it is a sign of what he has actually been through and survived, and defies schoolteacher’s command that definitions remain in the hand of the white definers. By declining names provided to them by whites, Child Suggs and Stamp Paid make themselves the definers.