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What is the reason Eva gives for killing Plum?

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burger1000 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 26, 2009 at 4:35 AM via web

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What is the reason Eva gives for killing Plum?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 26, 2009 at 5:50 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "Sula" by Toni Morrison Plum is Eva's son whom she dearly loves.  She sees the torment he is experiencing in his life. Ralph is her youngest child.  He became internally and psychologically damaged after fighting in World War I.  Since his return home he has been a heroin addict and an alcoholic.  He has stolen from his mother to purchase drugs and alcohol.  Eva watches her son’s daily slow self-destruction, and she is so emotionally pained by his suffering.  While he is high she pours gasoline over him and sets him on fire, killing him.  She has given him a mother's peace in the only way that she knew how to help Plum.

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