English Literature

Topic 1
“Some things go. Pass on. Some things just stay. I used to think it was my rememory. You know. Some things you forget. Other things you never do. But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place—the picture of it—stays, and not just in my rememory, but out there, in the world. What I remember is a picture floating around out there outside my head. I mean, even if I don’t think it, even if I die, the picture of what I did, or knew, or saw is still out there. Right in the place where it happened” (43).
“As long as the ghost showed out from its ghostly place shaking stuff, crying, smashing and such—Ella respected it. But if it took flesh and came in her world, well, the shoe was on the other foot. She didn’t mind a little communication between the two worlds, but this was an invasion” (302).
Engaging with relevant ideas from the “Racial Difference” chapter, as well as either “Ghosts” or “The Uncanny” in Bennett and Royle, answer the following question: How does Morrison’s representation of the ghost in Beloved challenge racial hierarchies?

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