Sethe and Matricide (03:42)
The character of Sethe in "Beloved" is based on a true story of a woman who killed her children rather than having them returned to slavery. The theme poses an ethical dilemma.
Truthful Discussion About Race (05:54)
In a recent lecture, Morrison expresses relief that terms like "white" and "race" can be discussed in a coherent way. She sites the character of Jim in "Huckleberry Finn" as a literary example.