the THICKNESS of love Caity Curtis

You know the horrors of the farm

And what was going to come from them being back

Is that worse than death?

Yes yes yes

You needed to get them out

Get them safe

You did what you thought was right

You were caught up in the moment

You love her

Who are we to judge?

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

**WARNING** Graphic/sad song.

This song, originally performed by City High, redone by Bastille, explains a story of a mother who has sold herself out into prostitution in order to feed her child. The songs is a conversation between the woman and someone she knew from her past and basically asks the question, "What would you do?"

SLAVE NARRATIVE

This text recalls an event in Josiah Henson's life, in which his master tried to molest his mother. When Josiah's father heard her screams, he ran in to help her and ended up striking the slave owner. What resulted from that was 100 lashes followed by his ear being tacked to the whipping post and cut off. This story demonstrates a real life example of some of the horrors that ensued while in slavery, and the horrors that Sethe was so afraid of.

You decided their fate for them

No consideration for other options

Was that really better than going back?

No no no

You made a hasty decision

The wrong decision

You took a young life out of your own fear

You were too scared

You killed her

Who are you to decide?

ANDREA YATES

This video tells of a mother, Andrea Yates, who suffered from postpartum depression. Yates ended up murdering her five children in a bathtub while her husband was at work.

DECEASED CHILDREN

IF I DIE YOUNG

No amount of wondering

Can help us decide what to think

Was it right?

Yes

Was it wrong?

Yes

You did what you thought you should

You know horrors we never will

But you took your baby’s innocent life

All because of a hat

“Guiding the mare, slowing down, his black hat wide-brimmed enough to hide his face but not his purpose. He is coming into her yard and he is coming for her best thing” (MORRISON 260).
“So he came with a big hat and spectacles and a coach box full of paper” (MORRISON 197).

Schoolteacher's black hat coming down the road is what sparked Sethe to murder. The hat in Beloved is meant to symbolize slaveowners/white people as a whole, because in this time period, slaves only wore head wraps and straw hats, not black hats like the one schoolteacher or Mr. Bodwin were wearing.

THE BLACK HAT

The truth is, we will never know what is right

Because we were not there

We have not lived what you have

We have never felt the same fear or neglect

We are not you

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