The most strongly ambiguous character within the novel is Beloved. The first interpretation of her character is that she is a supernatural, incarnate form of Sethes murdered daughter. The second is of her as, as Stamp Paid puts it, a girl locked up by a white man over by Deer Creek. Found him dead last summer and the girl gone. Maybe thats her. Both are supportable by the text. The concept that Beloved is the re-incarnated child is supported by her knowledge of the song that nobody knows but me and my children and her knowledge of Sethes earrings, but it is also true that the characters have a psychological need for Beloved- Sethe can assuage her guilt over the death of her child, and Denver gains a playmate, or even more. The reader is forced to be active rather than passive and is made to work to discover what is going on. The emphasis is on interpretation rather than on what the author says.