Question: In Beloved, Stamp Paid’s belated understanding of Baby Suggs’ prostration reveals the central moral question of the novel: “Now, too late, he understood her. The heart that pumped out love, the mouth that spoke the Word, didn’t count. They came in her yard anyway and she could not approve or condemn Sethe’s rough choice. One or the other might have saved her, but beaten up by the claims of both, she went to bed. The whitefolks had tired her out at last” (212).

Baby Suggs’ ethical ambivalence, not being able to condone or condemn Sethe’s infanticide in the face of the cruelties of slavery, destroyed the loving life she had left to live.

From your own reasoned ethical perspective(Kantian or Utilitarianism), and in light of the whole story, would you condone, condemn, or remain unable to judge Sethe’s act of infanticide. 

Suggestion: You must stake an ethical position. If you condone or condemn her act, you are making an ethical judgment. You must then provide the argument, based on an ethical theory, through which you defend that judgment. If you are unable to judge, you must explain why Sethe’s act is beyond the scope of the ethical theories we have studied.

You do not need to use any source but if you use ANY SOURCE PLEASE INCLUDE CITATION WITHIN THE TEXT(just next to sentence that you are quoting)
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