am reading, Beloved. Morrison is very favorable of the retrospective technique. Both novels now have
been started in present time, but it is at the end of the story. Throughout the novel, she will revert back to the past to describe what is happening in the future. Morrison also uses the comparison to snakes or “vipers” often. In Love, Heed was always being compared to an “insane viper,” and then in the very first paragraph of Beloved, there is a comparison to “a baby’s venom.” Another similarity of the two books is her artistic use of metaphors and imagery.