3 comments on “Sethe’s Chokecherry Tree

  1. Nice work with the drawing.

    Typically, trees are symbolic of life and death. There is the whole spring-summer-fall-winter life-death parallel that can be drawn, and there are a dozen other minor iterations that various cultures derived from trees over the years.

    Like, in Japan, the Cherry Blossom tree is very symbolic of life, as a whole.

    I feel like all this symbolism obviously works, for Beloved. As for it’s placement on Sethe’s back… perhaps that is to symbolize how she has turned her back on her old life…but can never truly rid herself of her past.

  2. First of all, this is absolutely gorgeous – great work!

    Something that I find really interesting about the chokecherry tree is the way that it is perceived transforms from this beautiful thing to an ugly scar. Maybe this is a reflection of America’s attitude towards slavery? Maybe America did not find slavery “beautiful” per sé, but it was not something that was looked at negatively (with some exception). As time went on, it came to be seen for the awful institution that it actually was.

    Something else that I really like about te chokecherry tree is the way that Sethe owns it. It is HER scar, HER tree, and HER history – regardless of how ugly it is.

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