Beloved – Thug Notes Book Summary & Analysis


What’s good padna? This week we
breakin’ dem chains with Beloved by Toni Morrison. Somethin creepy goin down up at da
crib called “124,” where a hardass mama named Sethe livin’ wit her
daughter Denver. Apparently, da spot haunted by Sethe’s dead baby
girl who ridin’ Sethe and Denver so hard dat they too scurred to leave
da house. And 124 ain’t da only place dat’s
kept Sethe locked up. See back in the day, Sethe was a slave at some
hell-hole plantation called “Sweet Home” where she went through some
of da most dehumanizin’ sh** yo bitch-ass can imagine. Eventually
she was able to escape dat trap and head to Cincinatti. But even tho
she free physically, she still chained up by all dem horrible
memories. One night some G Sethe knew from
back at Sweet Home named Paul D drop in at 124. Denver ain’t so
happy to see him, but sethe SHO AS HELL IS. Cuz not 5 minutes afta’
seein him, Sethe’s panties on the flo and they gettin buck nasty on
da reg. Paul must be givin her the D REAL good, cuz afta’ dat, it’s
like the ghost ain’t doggin 124 no mo. And afta’ a while, even Denver
start warmin up to this playa. But the good times don’t last, son.
Outta nowhere, some fly lil hunny callin herself Beloved show up
lookin ill. Sethe take her in, but there definitely somethin off bout
this dip. Life was gettin’ pretty sweet with
Paul and his D in tha house, but now wit Beloved there, errything
start fallin to sh**. Somethin’ bout Beloved bein there forces Paul
otta da crib and he start livin’ in da cold house. One night, tho,
Beloved roll up on dat shack and warm dat cold house UP. Naw I’m
sayin?? Sex… But fo’ some reason, Pauly can’t enjoy Beloved booty
dancing on his junk; instead his mind filled with a buncha horrible
memories from Sweet Home. Weird. Afta Paul and Beloved do tha nasty,
Beloved start pushin her weight up in 124 like she own da place and
erryone in it. Then one day, some homie named
Stamp Paid all like “Pauly, you ain’t know why Sethe and Denver
neva’ leave tha crib?” Apparently, things were all good in da hood fo’
Sethe and da fam afta escapin from Sweet Home. But one day, when Sethe
hear her old slavemaster closin in on her new digs, she straight SNAP
and say “I’d rather KILL my babies then let dat fool put em in
chains!” And girl wasn’t playin, cuz she takes all her kids to tha
shed ready to merc erry one of em. The only one she actually kill is a
baby girl who she later name Beloved… which make this whole
house guest thing pretty damn creepy, amirite? Paul cain’t believe what he hearin,
so he jus grab his sh** and bounce. Wit dat big-balla gone, it’s like
Beloved blowin up while Sethe keep shrinkin’. When Denver see how bad
Beloved mistreating her mama, she decide she gonna keep it real, get
her house outta da house, and do somethin to make dat bitch LEAVE. Afta’ Denver hit up a buncha black
folk around town, a whole posse crew up to get Beloved outta dat
house. Errybody start singin, and things lookin good; dat is, until
some white dude roll up on the house. He jus’ tryna give Denver a
job but Sethe thinkin it her old slavemaster. So she goes APE, grabs
an icepick and tries to ice dis fool. Damn girl. Denver and the
posse have to take her down, and Beloved hits da road. Now dat B-lo’s gone, Denver’s knows
who she is AND got da joose to get herelf outta da house. Paul D stop
actin a fool and come back to tha 124 to build a life with Sethe.
Errybody who spent they life in chains is finally one step closer
to bein’ free. Now you might be thinkin: Wassup
wit dat girl Beloved? Is she really Sethe’s zombified daughter back
from the dead? Is she some creeper pretendin to be a dead baby?
Sumethin else? Scholars got all kinda dank theories bout B-lo; cuz
truth is, who or what she be ain’t so clear cut, sucka. My favorite way of thinkin bout it
is that it ain’t bout Beloved bein a ghost or a person- what’s
important is dat she a symbol, reppin all da horrible sh** black
folk had to tussle wit over da years: ‘specially da memories of
pain, death, and torture durin’ slave times. See, when Beloved drop
in at 124, she bring back all dem buried horrors of Paul and Sethe’s
time up at Sweet Home. And to make things worse, Beloved
don’t jus make you think bout da past- she make you relive it right
here right now. Paul D always talkin bout how he didn’t even feel
like a person back at sweet home, sayin bum sh** like:
Sparky reads quote: “I was something else and that something
else was less than a chicken sitting in the sun on a tub.” And if you thinkin that ain’t
nothin’ gonna make him feel more like a man that a piece of
Beloved’s fine ass, you be trippin, yo. After crackin off a piece of
summodat hoochie coochie: “Paul D had come to be a rag doll- picked
up and put back down anywhere any time by a girl young enough
to be his daughter. fu**ing her when he was convinced
he didn’t want to…humiliated… ad yet there was nothing
he could do about it.” Po’ Sethe in da same depressingass,
rememory-filled boat. Sethe get so amped up on hatred for dem
racist slavers, and so full of love and regret fo’ ghosting her own
baby-girl, dat she start actin’ like she ain’t even good ‘nuff fo’
forgiveness. Damn girl, show yo’self a lil’ love. Maybe da reason it’s so damn hard
to figure out who or what Beloved be is cuz she a different thing to
all da books’ major playas. To paul D, she a mystery and a lover; to
Sethe, she a daughter, and a reminder of ol’ pains;
to Denver, she a sistah, and a hope dat she won’t eva’ be alone.
Then again, maybe the real clue why Beloved seem different to errybody
is in her name: Love. Love look different to errybody. To some, it
can breathe life in to yo daily grind
like nuthin else. But to
others, it can fu** sh** up like you ain’t even know. So let me show you what love looks like
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100 thoughts on “Beloved – Thug Notes Book Summary & Analysis”

  1. Jason Fountain says:

    DO WE!

  2. rockleelover16 says:

    Please review The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!! 🙂

  3. jose ivan says:

    anyone know the name of the songs? been looking for those

  4. Stephen .C says:

    Do The Sheltering Sky next!

  5. Diana Quach says:

    Please review on Kindred by Octavia E. Butler! 🙂

  6. Nicholas Musto says:

    What an excellent video.
    I really do understand heaps more about Beloved after watching this.
    Thank you.
    Well done.

  7. Teah TV says:

    Please do Wise Blood by Flannery O'connor

  8. Patricia Kayden says:

    So glad I didn't read that novel. Too scary.

  9. Sam Moeller says:

    I came here after watching the crash course video on this. They had pretty similar things to say.

  10. Enclave Soldier says:

    WHAT !? This book ended on a happy ending ? Hell nah !

  11. Samantha Bisese says:

    My personal goal is to read all of the books in the Thug Notes videos

  12. Tea Wilson says:

    Could you do Robinson Crusoe?

  13. Daniel Watson says:

    Finally a channel that is clever, smart and funny. Keep analysing books man! Stories are the things i turn to in this hard world. Also as a side request. Could you do Batman: The Killing Joke. It is a very haunting graphic novels ever and it's done by Alan Moore so you know it will be good.

  14. Nails Chrysanthemum says:

    i love this book, i wrote three papers on it and read it like … idek, at least 3 times. It's what I call family horror — when the past and the secrets are so terrible that they're part of the present, and manifest themselves as an actual spirit. Beloved is haunting them as much as the memory of slavery is haunting the town. but it's also a personal story of grieving in motherhood, and a story of youth and renewal.

  15. Matt Smith says:

    Thank you for posting this!!!

  16. jinette jones says:

    please please please do kindred by Octavia


  17. Brendan Blosser-McGinnis says:

    Ayo Sparky, what is up with the butter all over Halle's face? I get that it's the signification that he lost his mind, but what about butter is so crazy in mid 1800s Kentucky?

  18. Mía Arias says:

    Wait was the baby she killed beloved? I thought that was Denver

  19. cuiet16 says:

    You are AWESOME LOL! Great review! 🙂

  20. Urbie LateNight Gaming Adventure says:

    that sounds way to depress to read 🙁

  21. Albert Garcia says:

    please do Eragon

  22. Albert Garcia says:

    please do Eragon

  23. Sierra says:

    Song of Solomon Plz.

  24. Brandos Ghost says:

    Blood Meridian! That's some seriously twisted, metaphorical nightmare fuel. Or McCarthy's border trilogy. Maybe A Confederacy of Dunces?

  25. CrescendNO says:


  26. Alexander Enahoro says:

    I just love this 😀



  28. John Smith says:

    Do Song of Solomom

  29. Selah Giovanni says:

    I love this one. Do you think that you could do "Their Eyes were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston. That is if you haven't already done this book.

  30. con mcg says:

    It is a pleasure to watch this thank you for making an amazing show

  31. Gabreya Bradley says:

    Excellent analysis!

  32. captainjackloco says:

    G-d bless this series.

  33. Brent Pilgrim says:

    Please do:


    the alchemist

  34. Omari Hernandez says:

    I read the book years ago and I got all fucking depressed after I was done's a hard book to read , never thought I will make humor out of this lol but ok you got me

  35. Kaley Smith says:

    Please do Twilight

  36. Khaya Osborne says:

    PLEASE DO "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston!!!!!

  37. Mali Malou says:

    I love this video! Just brilliant! Mind blowing! thank you so much!

  38. Mali Malou says:

    i can't wait to check your other videos! what a genius!

  39. Beef Good Sir says:

    old video but what if you tried to find a hidden meaning in holes

  40. Gracie Rae Hunkler says:

    do The Bluest Eye.

  41. Katy says:

    I love you! You're fantastic!!

  42. Lynara Johnson says:

    Soon after the movie “Beloved” was available for viewing, my excitement was quickly squelched. Not one who shies away from the violent/horror genre, I was not able to view it entirely because I could not make it through the early scenes of the violent attack on Sethe, played by Oprah Winfrey, in the movie’s first few minutes. Having the ability to fast-forward through difficult scenes did not help me get through the movie. The trauma I felt watching the early scenes prevented my desire to watch further. I recall stopping the movie being stunned and having to re-group the trauma I felt. Those scenes still haunt me, as I’ve not been able to revisit the possibility of trying to watch it again, after over a decade. Watching your summary of the story today I’m reviewing the story and considering re-watching it. Thank you for your overview.

  43. ConservationistGroup says:

    This is too sik

  44. ConservationistGroup says:

    This is too sik

  45. Jillian Bruno says:


  46. Hiba Sobh says:

    Paul D, or Pauly D? 😄😄😄

  47. Slim Trippy says:

    This book suck ass

  48. IslandofIdeals says:

    Their Eyes Were Watching God!

  49. bubba hubba says:

    Noli me tangere or El filibusterismo—- c'mon man. Help me out for school.

  50. kirby march barcena says:

    Guys,watch 13 Beloved…quite an interesting movie…

  51. IDalis Leon says:

    very clever. so cute love it.

  52. amanwithnohands says:

    Redo 100 years of solitude with the same acumen as this Beloved– which is a holy book

  53. Bookwyrm says:

    The accent and the jokes help smooth over all the unpleasant things in these books 🙂

  54. Jessica Young says:

    read a "brave New World" by Aldous Huxley! that was one of my first books I ever read and it's amazing

  55. samantha michell says:

    Please do "Norwegian wood" by Haruki Murakami !!!

  56. Tracey Miller says:

    totally awesome….

  57. Tracey Miller says:

    yeah audible – knew there was a reason i liked you!

  58. Cyn R561 says:

    i love thug notes i watch this series for fun. i wish you would make a more detailed / full version of these stories . Thanks

  59. Afshan Khan says:

    horrible voice

  60. fiveohnine says:

    Whoever said you can't be from a hood and a lit crit is a fucking liar

  61. woobsyaki says:

    the bluest eye by toni morrison and the lord of the flies !!!

  62. TJEpicMedia says:

    the hell i just heard???

  63. Jacob Fike says:

    Man I wish I had discovered Thug Notes back when I was taking English classes. Would've been so useful in really understanding stuff the way my teachers were looking for

  64. cookieoverlord33 says:


  65. MarthaElizabeth 18 says:

    This is crazy cuz I have to read this book for my AP English lit class and this video helped a lot! THANK YOU!

  66. Nicole Herrnstein says:

    These are so addicting I love these so much I can't stop 0-0

  67. Parushi Ruhil says:


  68. Sam Barnhart says:

    What is this… I love it. Actually helped me alot.

  69. Dhruvil Patel says:

    i cant even understand wat u r saying bro? be clear!

  70. T G says:

    My friends read this book and they found it boring! But I think it’s interesting. I recommend you analyze Chains.

  71. Brie’s Thoughts says:

    His smile is so cute! I loved this review! 🙂

  72. Sufia Hussain says:


  73. Abara says:

    Thug Notes Nr.1 !!

  74. Kenyon Martin says:

    Beloved is the persistent PTSD of Slavery,, Hope and Loss

  75. kyle carson says:

    had closed caption on by accident and it reminded me of that scene in Airplaine.

  76. Spirited Sunshine says:

    You're amazing! can you do THE LADY OR THE TIGER by Frank Stockton?😊 Thanks!

  77. M0053yfate says:

    Is Dr. Sparky Sweets from the bay? He throws out 'hyphy' and 'patna' a good bit.

  78. Elver Guddo says:

    This is the shit yo! Great video!

  79. bob bobson says:

    You are the greatest Sparky Sweets PhD !

  80. Teshuah Jurgan-Burton says:

    Can you finish Toni Morrison trilogy by covering Jazz and Paradise?

  81. Roderick Molasar says:

    I like the way in which you assiduously spell everything out for us just in case we miss the Freudian allusions.

  82. Kyra Montes says:

    This video got me a 5 on the AP lit exam

  83. marishkaspirit says:

    Uhh I had so much trouble with this book in college…

  84. Ian Miles Chungus says:

    I hate this book. I had to read it in AP English

  85. Jamia Johnson says:


  86. NaniStar11 says:

    I wish I could quote your words on my paper but then again I don’t wanna add those bad words and Risk getting an F, lol this was great!!

  87. Gamaliel Juarez says:

    12 year a slave

  88. RoseyRoses says:

    When he called beloved Be-Lo I fucking WHEEZED

  89. Aynge Mackay says:

    "Sex, man, sex!" (1:43) LOLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  90. Monica Pluma says:

    This video helped me write a summary on this book. Thank you for helping me understand!

  91. a_ghoul says:

    haha wtf why tf did I read this book. All I need is this

  92. Antonia Fortunati says:

    Pls do “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich!

  93. Kuramadeus says:

    "Paul must've been giving her that good D." That is one of the best puns I've ever heard.

  94. Hunged Teddy says:

    Song of Solomon please

  95. Nicholas J. Fuentes says:

    Thank you

  96. Alysia Mer David-Wasser says:

    RIP Toni Morrison. 💝

  97. kaystarlo says:


  98. Catherine Sawyer says:


  99. Brown Sugar says:

    Thank you! I am just reading Beloved

  100. Kashmir Jackson says:

    Awesome! So happy for this! LoL! Lovin' it!

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