Denver is Sethe's youngest child, a 19 or 20-year old girl marked by her immaturity. Because of the loathing the townspeople have for her mother, Denver has been isolated for most of her life, and consequently is often lonely. She is highly dependent upon Sethe, but also fears her because of the murder long ago. Like Sethe, Denver has no future. Throughout the novel, she begins to discover what it means to be self-sufficient and also what it means to be a colored woman in a country where many men and women despise her.