Mr. Eletz & Ms. Brown
English 8 & Pd 7
April 22, 2010
In Beloved by Toni Morrison, the character of Denver experiences the most change of any other character. She changes dramatically throughout the novel; by showing the most maturation and growth. Denver fights through her problems and becomes a stronger person because of them. In the beginning of the novel Denver acts very immature for an eighteen year old and she was also lonely, she never step foot outside of 124 where she has been living with her mother, Sethe. As the novel progresses, Denver becomes an independent young woman who is able to take care of herself.
In the beginning of part one, many things have been happening to Denver which shaped her identity as being lonely and immature. When Paul D arrived at 124 Bluestone, where Denver and her mother Sethe lived, Denver felt lonely and she felt like an outcast. Denver didn’t like Paul D because he chased the ghost away that kept her company. She was hurt and angry by the fact she was often excluded from family attentions, she then began to treat Paul D horribly.
Denver’s immaturity came from a lack of social activity. Although she is eighteen years old she still has a mind of a younger child. The way she writes, the way she talks
and the way she acts shows her childish mental qualities. For instance, she behaves rudely to Paul D; asking him when he is leaving. Her immaturity also comes from her never venturing beyond her own yard.
Denver then changes her identity as being lonely when Paul D invites Sethe and her to go to a carnival and the return of Beloved. When they went to the carnival Denver felt loose and she had fun. She was delighted and her feelings about Paul D suddenly beings to change.
Return of Beloved made Denver feel happy to have a companion by her side. Beloved was first seen on the tree stump of 124, looking very weak and tired. Denver took it upon...