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Change is a frequent feature of chapter three of "Sula." Which characters...

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biggavel | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2008 at 4:18 AM via web

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Change is a frequent feature of chapter three of "Sula." Which characters seem dynamic and capable of growth and change?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 16, 2008 at 7:06 AM (Answer #1)

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While it is in chapter three that Nel Wright and her mother Helene move to Medallion, the greatest change in this chapter is the internal change in Nel. After Nel sees her mother turn to "custard" after the white train conductor insults her, she "resolve[s] to be on guard" against men. After the trip Nel realizes she is different and observes: "I'm me. I'm not their daughter. I'm not Nel. I'm me. Me." It is the beginning of Nel's building of a separate identity apart from her mother.


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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:20 AM (Answer #2)

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Nel at the very beginning reasons that she is her own human being, she is herself and she does not have to conform to anything. That she herself will be who she wants to be. However, the irony is that as Sula and Nel grow older, Sula herself tries to create her own identity and Nel conforms to the life of a married woman. 

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