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Aside from being the main character, the protagonist is also often considered to be the hero of the story, the conventional "good guy." Thus, it's easy to say that Nel might be considered the real...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021, 8:22 am (UTC)

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In the novel Sula, Toni Morrison traces the long time friendship of two black women, Sula and Nel. The gray ball appears after Nel catches Sula in bed with her husband, Jude. For Nel, this is...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2018, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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Toni Morrison's 1973 novel Sula employs the elements of fire and water to symbolize death, destruction, and loss. The novel is a tragedy, and death recurs throughout, although both fire and water...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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Morrison’s Sula is difficult to simplify down to a single moral, yet there are a number of salient themes and messages that we might identify in the novel. Part of the reason that Sula is hard to...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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In the chapter titled "1940," Nel asks Sula why she slept with Jude three years prior. Sula clearly tells Nel that she did not love Jude, nor was she really interested in him--he simply filled a...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2010, 9:05 am (UTC)

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The robins can be seen as signifying a correlation between Sula and the irrepressible forces of nature. Sula returns to Medallion in 1937, ten years after Nel’s wedding, and her presence in the...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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While Eva may try to justify her actions, and while we may even kind of see her point, I think that her actions are abhorrent. Who was she to decide that Plum's life wasn't worth living anymore or...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2011, 8:37 pm (UTC)

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Sula sleeps with Jude in part to avoid her hell which was sameness. She is afraid of things staying the same and this for her characterizes what she would consider hell. Jude is something new and...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2007, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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In Toni Morrison's Sula, the neighborhood, "The Bottom," represents racialized hierarchy in a racist, capitalist system. The black residents of the town live in the least desired area of the town....

Latest answer posted March 21, 2019, 7:28 pm (UTC)

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A feminist perspective can be seen throughout the entire novel and in most of the characters. Toni Morrison clearly critiques the negative force of patriarchal domination and recounts the efforts...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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The chapter entitled "1922" opens with Nel and Sula walking to Edna Finch's ice cream parlor even though it is "too cool for ice cream." As they walk, young and old men alike...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2008, 9:43 am (UTC)

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The obvious answer to this question is that Sula and Nel stop being friends when Sula has an affair with Nel's husband. After returning from her absence of ten years, Sula scandalizes the Bottom...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020, 9:05 am (UTC)

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Another important lesson, or theme, that the novel iterates is that, in choosing domesticity, women sometimes give away or abandon key parts of themselves in exchange for security and social...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019, 1:25 am (UTC)

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Sula's mother Hannah tells Sula that she loves her but does not like her. Hannah does not have attachments with anyone, so even though she is Sula's mother, her reaction is not entirely...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 8:49 pm (UTC)

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Sula by Toni Morrison is a novel set in the town of Medallion, Ohio. Bottom is an area of town up in the hills where the town’s black residents live. White people live down in the valley, closer to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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The 1973 novel Sula, by Nobel Prize–winning writer Toni Morrison, centers on the strong friendship between two girls, Nel Wright and Sula Peace, amidst various obstacles and challenges over several...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019, 4:23 am (UTC)

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The novel Sula by Toni Morrison tells the story of Sula and Nel, two childhood friends who grow up in Medallion, Ohio. The are black girls who grow up differently, but who share a deep, life-long...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011, 9:00 am (UTC)

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From the start, the environment and nature plays a pivotal role in Sula. As you might have noticed, Toni Morrison’s very first sentence addresses the environment. The environment has been under...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2020, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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Fire is an important symbol in Sula. In arguably the two most important scenes in the story, Hannah Peace and Plum Peace are both killed in a fire. In the case of Plum's death, fire does not simply...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018, 8:37 am (UTC)

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Plum returns from the First World War a broken man. Toni Morrison uses the character to explore how the United States abandoned black veterans of that war, not only offering them nothing in return...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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Toni Morrison’s Sula is set in the Bottom, a primarily black community situated in hills above the mostly white and wealthier community of Medallion. The description of the two communities helps...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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In Toni Morrison's novel Sula, Nel Wright is one of the two main characters. What separates Nel from Sula is that she is lighter-skinned and has a Creole lineage on her mother's side. Nel goes with...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Toni Morrison portrays Sula as a strong person, who understands her feminine energy as a positive element in helping her navigate life’s challenges and in realizing her ambitions. Sula disregards...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020, 10:16 pm (UTC)

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For discussing manifestations of generational trauma in Toni Morrison’s novel Sula, an apt place to start is with the character in the title: Sula. Sometimes trauma can occur through terrible,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2021, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 7, "1937," Sula returns to the Bottom and is accompanied by a plague of robins. Sula has been away from home for ten years and, when she returns, the townspeople are not happy to see...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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It is not that Eva is unable to tell The Deweys apart, she simply thinks that there is no reason for them to have individuality. The Deweys come to Eva's home on separate occasions, and each boy...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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Toni Morrison explores the idea of female freedom in Sula, but the nuances and gradations of meaning are complicated as well by race. In traditional black American society women negotiate a...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2010, 4:10 am (UTC)

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Morrison uses figurative language in Sula to make the burning of Plum seem less horrific than the burning of Hannah. In the chapter titled "1923," Hannah asks Eva why she burned Plum to death....

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 9:07 pm (UTC)

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For many heroes or heroines, their trajectory to become a hero involves a journey; often, this is both a physical journey (trying to get from one place to another) as well as an emotional or...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 2:24 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2010, 6:29 am (UTC)

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Sula returns back to the "Bottoms" after 10 years away. In that time she attended college in Nashville, TN. When she graduated from Fisk University she takes the long "high-heeled...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2008, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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The major similarity between Sula Peace from Sula and Pecola Breedlove from The Bluest Eye is that they are both outcasts in their communities. Sula does not follow the rules of the Bottom, and...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2010, 11:28 pm (UTC)

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These two motifs are connected with the deaths of various characters. For example, fire is responsible for the death of Hannah and Plum, and water is responsible for the death of Little Chicken....

Latest answer posted July 3, 2013, 9:44 am (UTC)

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This question is largely subjective as the "important aspects" of the novel may be defined in different ways. I will approach this question by exploring three important thematic aspects of the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010, 10:29 pm (UTC)

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In addition to Sagetrieb's excellent answer, I would like to point out an additional internal source of chaos for Sula. One night, the young girl overhears her mother with friends. Sula's mother...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2007, 11:05 am (UTC)

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In this chapter, Nel goes to visit Eva in the old people's home, curious about how she will seem. Eva had been active in the church only a year before, and Nel doesn't think she is sufficiently...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2018, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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First, let me warn you that this question is strictly opinion-based and subjective. While one person might say that there is indeed forgiveness and support that opinion textually, another person...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2009, 11:29 am (UTC)

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Sula is a novel that spans many years. At the center of the novel is the friendship between Sula and Nel. Sula is seen as the "bad one", while Nel is considered the "good one". Nel's childhood is...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2015, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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The conventional answer is that Sula is outgoing, adventurous, and pleasure seeking. These traits contrast those of her friend Nel, who is committed to staying in Bottom and caring for her husband....

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Chapter: 1940 From their conversation, it is evident that Nel and Sula harbor different perspectives about marriage, life, and love. While Nel blames Sula for having an affair with her husband,...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2018, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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The term collectivism refers to the belief that an individual is part of a larger group, such as a family or an ethnic group. Collectivists believe that surviving life requires protecting the needs...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2015, 10:35 pm (UTC)

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Eva is quite a complex character, so it's inevitable that there are both sympathetic and unsympathetic elements to her personality. Much of what is good and bad in Eva stems from being left by her...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018, 11:40 am (UTC)

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Sula, published in 1973, is Toni Morrison’s second novel. Morrison’s novel explores the life-long relationship between Sula and Nel, two African American women living in the small Ohio town of...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2013, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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Death permeates the lives of those dwelling in The Bottom, the black neighborhood featured in Toni Morrison's Sula; it is close and constant, a persistent reminder of their poverty and diminished...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016, 6:58 pm (UTC)

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Ah, a subtle question. I'd have to say the fool. The fool can go anywhere, do anything, and say anything, but in his unconventional wisdom can turn the world upside down. Greg

Latest answer posted February 9, 2007, 2:36 am (UTC)

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Sula returns to the Bottom after spending time at college and living the big-city life. Her unconventional behavior makes her an object of suspicion in the neighborhood. Rumors abound as to what...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019, 9:03 am (UTC)

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The main force behind Shadrack's National Suicide Day is his desire for order. When he gets out of the hospital, he is no longer sure what to expect from the world (or from death). After being...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2019, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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At one point in the story, Sula's mother, Hannah, asks her mother, Eva, if she loves her children. Eva is livid. She has spent her life providing for and caring for her children. She cannot believe...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2015, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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In the Bottom, people react to Sula's death by snubbing her once more. They don't send their condolences or do the things the community usually does, like make a cake or send flowers. Sula is...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019, 12:52 am (UTC)

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The main theme of Sula by Toni Morrison is racism, the suppression of African Americans, and the correlated ideology of bigotry. In order to develop this thematic concern, Morrison uses thematic...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2010, 11:47 am (UTC)

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