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What type of symbolism is in the book Sula?

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andy-1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 29, 2009 at 8:45 PM via web

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What type of symbolism is in the book Sula?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 13, 2010 at 6:29 AM (Answer #3)

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There are several symbols in the novel, a major one being the birthmark over Sula's eye.  The mark looks like a rose, but later in the novel, Nel says that the mark is getting darker, and Jude thinks it looks like a snake's head.  The mark symbolizes the element of evil that the townspeople in Medallion think Sula has.

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

Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:05 AM (Answer #5)

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The birthmark on top of Sula's eyes look like a snake to some and to some it looks like a rose which all depend on perception and how they view Sula. Birds are also a huge aspect in Sula because birds are everywhere and a canary is used to describe someone, yet robins follow Sula and this is viewed as evil which showcases the superstition in the town. 

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