Slave to Pain
Sethe, now free from slavery has become a slave again, but this time instead of being a slave to a white master she is a, slave to her own pain. The sources of her pain are numerous, including the stealing of her milk, the murdering of her child, Beloved, attempting to kill the rest of her children, and two of her children leaving her because of it. When Sethe's murdered child, Beloved,
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past behind her.
Sethe's slavery to her pain had her doomed to live forever in the past but with the letting go of her pain; she let herself be free. The stealing of her milk, murder of her child, and running away of two of her children are now allowed to remain in the past where they belong. Sethe no longer needs to keep the past at bay in order to continue in the future.