One comment on “Theatre of the Oppressed

  1. I think you have an interesting premise here. The psychological elements within these scene obviously have a dramatic hold on Sethe and Denver; however, Denver is quickly removed from the sense of “family” that is established within the iceskating scene. Though the event is brief, it has an impact that sticks with Sethe for almost the entirety of the novel.

    It is also interesting to see the effects of this scene on the characters, and also how it parallels with the carnival scene in the very beginning of the story. Again, we see three characters, linking arms and having “playing” (i.e. they are having fun), but in the instance of Sethe, Paul D., and Denver, their interactions are in public, while the ice skating scene occurs exclusively between Sethe, Denver, and Beloved.

    The fact that it is a private – almost secret – activity, I think, is what has more of an effect on the women. I think that, in a way, the isolation of the scene is what is interesting here because through it the women are able to behave unabashedly with one another.

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