Milk is a symbol that represents life, because it can be taken or stolen. In this case, Morrison writes, â€œThey beat you and you was pregnant? / And they took my milk!â€ (20). This shows how important milk was to the story to show how she needed to develop it, just as life needs to be developed. However, just like the milk was stolen from Sethe, her life was stolen when she was put into slavery. That is what I believe Morrison was trying to portray through the milk and through Sethe.
Dezmond: Symbol of milk in BelovedOctober 30, 2011 by Dezmond O. Leave a reply »