I think that brutality and slavery go hand in hand, not just in this book but when you talk about slavery period. We see from the very beginning when Sethe talks about the scars on her that form a tree, and she also focuses on the fact that they took her milk. Which is just one part of all the brutality the characters go through. The characters have been through so much that they have a hard time loving people or having fun. Paul D says he has learned to only love people partially. And Denver almost had a hard time having fun at the carnival. These characters not only have to go through horrible, brutal, events and they also can't do the everyday things a person should want and be able to do.