Denver?•It’s me, Sethe•I love you•I’m sorry•One day•I hope that•You understand why I fought• against Everything to protect you•And I hope that•You can see your father•And your brothers•But for now•You have me•And I hope that I am enough
Sethe is not the only individual to be more concerned about her children's future than her own. One of the men she had previously been enslaved with, Sixo, laughs as he is captured and killed. He is invigorated knowing that his lover is pregnant with his child, who will ideally be born free.
"Shouting Seven-O! Seven-O! because his Thirty-Mile Woman got away with his blossoming seed" (Morrison 270)
Parents live on through their children, and for slaves such as Sethe and Sixo, many had accepted that they would not ever be truly free, causing them to put their faith in freedom towards their offspring. Sethe especially felt that it was her duty to ensure that they had a chance, and she took it physically into her own hands.
The characters in Beloved see their purpose in life as serving their children and ensuring the progression of their futures. Sethe feels guilty as a result of ending Beloved's life, and continually tries to convince herself that when Beloved returns, she is worthy of her forgiveness. Sethe stands by her decision to preserve Beloved's future, and she is optimistic that her choice has kept Beloved free.
ME, I'M THE ONE THAT WILL BE THERE • I PROTECT HER • BEARING HER HEART WITH ME WALKING WITH THE MOST CAUTIOUS STEPS • EVERY WAKING MOMENT I SPEND WORRYING THAT I WILL MESS UP AND DESTROY HER LOVE FOR ME • I AM HER SHINING ARMOR • THE ONE THAT IS MEANT TO PROTECT HER • SHE HAS MORE TRUST IN ME TO CARRY HER HEART THAN I HAVE IN MYSELF • I WILL WALK THE COARSE PATH WITH EASE AND PROVE TO MYSELF THAT I AM WORTHY TO CARRY SOMETHING SO DELICATE • THE LOVE I HAVE FOR HER IS THE POWER THAT WILL HELP ME CARRY OUT THIS MISSION • I MADE A PERSONAL OATH TO PROTECT HER AT ANY COST • I WON'T FAIL MYSELF • I WILL PROVE THAT I AM CAPABLE • WITH EVERY STEP I GATHER CONFIDENCE • I NO LONGER WALK WITH CAUTION BUT WITH PRIDE THAT I HAVE THIS MOST IMPORTANT JOB • I WILL COMPLETE THIS MISSION NO MATTER THE COST OR LOST THAT WILL CONFRONT ME • ME, I'M HER SHINING ARMOR •
Parents have some control over their children's futures, and for Sixo and Sethe, the promise that their children's futures would continue was all that they could want, even if it came at their own expense.