Sunday, December 2, 2018

"The many colored beast": A lyrical comparison to beloved

While looking for songs that could describe parts of beloved I came across an abundance of titles that worked wonderfully, but fell flat on their face as the lyrics didn't really relate to the story. Eventually I gave up on searching for a song that I felt really fit a character or scene and settled for one verse of a song.

In the song 4+20 by Crosby, Stills, and Nash the last verse captures the sad state of Baby Suggs at the end of her life.

Morning comes to sunrise and I'm driven to my bed.
I see that it is empty and there's devils in my head
I embrace the many colored beast
I grow weary of the torment, can there be no peace?
And I find myself just wishing that my life would simply cease

The recent events that transpired at 124 have essentially sent Baby Suggs to an early grave. The devils in her head is not only Beloved haunting the house, but given her intense reaction they are also the thoughts running wild in her head. The blanket she had only had two squares of color, hardly a many colored beast. However, The many colored beast is manifested in her desire for colors to be brought to her. The last two lines characterize her decay as she slowly approaches death, most likely wishing she could just slip away sooner.

The second verse before could probably be used to describe the relationship between Paul D. and Sethe, but I don't think it really suits Paul D.

A different kind of poverty now upsets me so
Night after sleepless night, I walk the floor
And I want to know- why am I so alone?
Where is my woman can I bring her home
Have I driven her away? Is she gone?

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