Texas Wesleyan Law Review
Beloved, Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, portrays the ramifications of U.S. legal policies that codified people as either human, therefore entitled to rights, or animal, thereby allotted to the category of slave. It is this categorization that sets the action of the novel into gear. Sethe, the main character, runs from the Sweet Home farm to freedom in Ohio, where her three small children await her. After only 28 days of freedom, her owner and the local sheriff arrive to apprehend her. In response, Sethe attempts to kill her children and herself rather than return to the slave system.
Codifying Humanity: The Legal Line Between Slave and Servant,
Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/TWLR.V13.I2.16