Character Sketch of Stamp Paid in Beloved

Like Baby Suggs, Stamp Paid is a saviour. He is welcomed by every person and in every house of the town. He was an agent of the Underground Railroad, a secret route of hidden paths and houses that fugitive slaves could follow; he is an “agent, fisherman, boatman, tracker, saviour, spy” for runaway slaves. He helps Sethe, soon after she gives birth to Denver. He saves Denver’s life, by catching her just before Sethe is about to hit her head against the wall in the wooden shed. His wife was sexually exploited by his master’s son and when she came back, he felt like killing her but abandoned her instead. Feeling that he has fallen low, he renames himself ‘Stamp Paid’ and decides to pay off his moral debts for the rest of his life by helping people.

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