“They forgot her like a bad dream…It took longer for those who had spoken to her, lived with her, fallen in love with her, to forget, until they realized they couldn’t remember or repeat a single thing she said, and began to believe that, other than what they themselves were thinking, she hadn’t said anything at all” (323-324).
At the end of the novel, Beloved is gone, as mysteriously as she came. The quote above shows how it is almost as if she never existed. Why do you think Beloved is such an ephemeral figure? How, in this quote and in other instances, does Beloved’s existence seem to be predicated upon and reflective of those around her? In what ways is this not the case? And why do you think Morrison chooses to end the story with this disappearance and forgetting?