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What is the symbolism or significance of the robins in Sula?

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delly | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2007 at 9:18 PM via web

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What is the symbolism or significance of the robins in Sula?

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covingtons0910 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM (Answer #2)

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The robins plays a significant role Toni Morrison's Sula because they represent a type of liberation or freedom, which Sula promotes throughout the novel by not conforming to the societal ideals.
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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted March 21, 2007 at 2:11 AM (Answer #1)

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The “plague of robins” which accompanies Sula into town foreshadow the plague of deaths that will come later in the book. The four robins on the walk into Eva’s home symbolize the deaths of the residents of the house: Plum, Sula, Hannah, and Eva.


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

Posted March 24, 2015 at 4:49 AM (Answer #3)

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The robins allow Sula to be depicted as evil when in reality she has no say in what the robins do or when they come. The robins are viewed as a sign of evil and from there on since Sula is not liked by those at the bottom, others view her as evil. Such as when Shadrack tipped his hat at her and others believed that she was the devil. 

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