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Drawing from Sula by Toni Morrison, discuss what choices are available to black women outside their own society's approval.

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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 Medallion. Although the novel is set in the early 1900s, Morrison began composing the novel in 1969, a time of upheaval and activism in the African American community. Morrison’s cultural moment reflects the novel’s themes, which address racism, bigotry and oppression of minority groups. Morrison draws from these issues to illustrate how she, as well as her two protagonists, face multiple forms of oppression as African American women.

Sula explores the choices for African American women from the time of slavery through the 1960s. Through Sula and Nel, Morrison illustrates the difficulties...

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