1 Answer | Add Yours
The gray ball symbolizes Nel’s worries and anxiety that eventually grows into self-awareness. It begins after Sula commits adultery with Nel’s husband, Jude. It is a gray ball hovering, “a ball of muddy strings, but without weight, fluffy but terrible in its malevolence.” This feeling remains with Nel for more than twenty-five years as she tries to learn how to know herself.
We’ve answered 318,989 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question