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Where is feminism found in Sula by Toni Morrison? What characters could be talked about concerning feminism, and how does Toni Morrison show this?

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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 of numerous female characters to reject or overcome patriarchy. Because male dominance is so strong, however, each of the women struggles primarily in an individual basis rather than through embracing female solidarity.

Sula and Nel both strive to overcome patriarchal restrictions, but they do so in very different ways. Their competition, including their rivalry over Jude, destroys their love for and the possibility of positive dependence on each other. Sula rebels and strikes out on her own, but she mistakenly sees her ownership of her own sexuality as entitling her to sleep with her friend’s husband. Nel is determined to live a good life and reject the sexually submissive bondage that her mother had lived. Her concern for morality goes astray when she becomes as submissive in her own way,...

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