Symbolism of Trees in Beloved

Trees are a traditional source of healing, shade, comfort and life. Denver’s “emerald closet” of boxwood bushes is a place of solitude and peace. Paul D had his own tree at Sweet Home; he called it Brother, almost like a family member. Paul D is able to walk to his freedom by following the flowering trees to the North. Amy Denver think the scars and marks on Sethe’s back look like a “chokecherry tree.” Marks of trauma and brutality take on a beautiful form, it is almost as if the tree grows.

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