Symbolism of Tin Tobacco Box in Beloved

Paul D’s heart is a “tin tobacco box.” He locks and puts his feelings and memories in the symbolic box that has rusted completely by now because of his traumatizing experiences at Sweet Home and especially at the prison camp in Alfred, Georgia. He has been repressing his memories to feel protected and secured. But his sexual encounter with Beloved leads the box to burst and his heart glows red once again.

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