Why is Eva unable to tell The Deweys apart in Toni Morrison's Sula, and what is their significance to the whole story?
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 looks strikingly different from the other two. Eva has taken on these boys because they are not cared for by their mothers or other family members. When Hannah asks her mother how they are going...
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Each of the Deweys look quite different from each other and Eva does not differentiate them because she does not find a need to. Since they do not affiliate with their names they all become the Deweys. This is a very important aspect of the novel because during this novel the importance of identity is stressed and yet the boys do not have an individual identity.