Sethe bears a chokecherry tree
on her back as a result of Schoolteacher's whipping.
It's in the shape of a chokecherry tree
. That, to me, was the most poignant image.
Through these challenges to legal and linguistic authority, Sethe writes herself into a text in which literacy is claimed by everyone white, including Amy Denver, the fugitive white girl fleeing the horrors of indentured servitude who nonetheless can read and translate the violence lacerated on Sethe's back as a chokecherry tree
in "full bloom" (79).
A week after the production ended, we were back in Toronto where I found a chokecherry tree
. I picked a handful and offered her some.
It took a while, but they eventually ended up beneath my perch in a huge chokecherry tree
. They browsed beneath me, eating the burgundy-stained grass and occasionally standing on their hind legs to strip the berries from the lowest branches.
The slave girl Sethe's back in Beloved is scarred by a whipping and then transformed into a "chokecherry tree
" through the imagination and kindness of a fostering woman.
His novels written under the name Feike Feikema include The Golden Bowl (1944), about Midwest farmers; Boy Almighty (1945), based on his sanitorium bout with tuberculosis; This Is the Year (1947), another farm novel; The Chokecherry Tree
(1948, revised 1961), about a boy at odds with his surroundings; and the trilogy World's Wanderer, comprising The Primitive (1949), The Brother (1950), and The Giant (1951), about a young man's search for identity from his farm home to a college like Calvin to New York and return.
While Amy sees the scar as a "chokecherry tree
" (Beloved 79), Paul D refutes that description and refers to the scar as both "the decorative work of an ironsmith" and a "revolting clump of scars" (17, 21).
They leave her not only with a bitter memory, but also with scars on her back in the shape of a "chokecherry tree
. Trunk, branches, and even leaves.