If you’re unfamiliar with the novel and do not want anything revealed, I offer the following disclaimer:
My class is currently reading Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”.
Today we each brought in five questions we had about the novel and our class was broken into smaller groups to discuss these questions.
Though not one of the original questions, my group came around to talking about Amy Denver, the girl that helps Sethe deliver Denver during her escape from slavery, and it occured to us that there is significant textual evidence pointing to the fact that she may be a ghost.
One of the most obvious characteristics she exhibits is her fascination with velvet. Her whole focus in life is to make it to Boston and get herself some velvet. Our group found this single minded pursuit of a singular object to be comparable to Beloved’s single minded pursuit of Sethe’s attention.
There is also the following paragraph, which would seem to support this theory:
“Her name was Amy and she needed beef and pot liquor like nobody else in this world. Arms like cane stalks and enough hair for four or five heads. Slow-moving eyes. She didn’t look at anything quick. Talked so much it wasn’t clear how she could breathe at the same time. And those cane-stalk arms, as it turned out, were as strong as iron.”
Emphasis mine to illustrate what we felt were supportive of our theory.
Our teacher dismissed it pretty readily saying that Amy was a victim of abuse and having been locked away in the basement as she was, it was understandable for her to be… different. To want something considered a luxury, as velvet.
Any one have any thoughts on this? This may become a major part of my final paper this quarter and I’d be very interested to hear other takes on the situation.