Paul D's Journey to Freedom
"‘That way,’ he said, pointing. ‘Follow the tree flowers,’ he said. ‘Only the tree flowers. As they go, you go. You will be where you want to be when they are gone.’
So he raced from dogwood to blossoming peach. When they thinned out he headed for the cherry blossoms, then manolia, chinaberry, pecan, walnut and prickly pear. At last he reached a field of apple trees whose flowers were just becoming tiny knots of fruit. Spring sauntered north, but he had to run like hell to keep it as his traveling companion" (Morrison 133).
Denver's Security in the Boxwoods
“In these woods, between the field and the stream, hidden by post oaks, five boxwood bushes, planted in a ring, had started stretching toward each other four feet off the ground to form a round, empty room seven feet high, its walls fifty inches of murmuring leaves.
Bent low, Denver could crawl into this room, and once there she could stand all the way up in emerald light" (Morrison 34).
Tree and Sky ~ Poem by Siegfried Sassoon
Let my soul, a shining tree,
Silver branches lift towards thee,
Where on a hallowed winter’s night
The clear-eyed angels may alight.
And if there should be tempests in
My spirit, let them surge like din
Of noble melodies at war;
With fervour of such blades of triumph as are
Flashed in white orisons of saints who go
On shafts of glory to the ecstasies they know.
The Tree on Sethe's Back
“Whitegirl. That’s what she called it. I’ve never seen it and never will. But that’s what she said it looked like. A chokecherry tree. Trunk, branches, and even leaves. Tiny little chokecherry leaves. But that was eighteen years ago. Could have cherries too now for all I know” (Morrison 18).
There is a sharp contrast between the beauty of cherry trees and the pain represented by the scars on Sethe's back. Nevertheless, Amy sees the similarity between her scars and cherry trees. Amy chooses to see the beauty and allow Sethe to view the scar from a new perspective. The scar comes to represent Sethe's freedom and hope for the future.