Critical Essays Style of Beloved

The precise detail of Morrison’s fiction has the ring of truth, as though she were recalling some oddment from an evening’s story session long past in her childhood. For example, she explains that Sixo marks Patsy in order to deceive her master; he “punctured her calf to simulate snakebite so she could use it in some way as an excuse for not being on time to shake worms from tobacco leaves.”