Sula Chapter 1: 1919 Summary and Analysis

Toni Morrison

Chapter 1: 1919 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Shadrack: a young man with a psychic war injury from World War I; founder of National Suicide Day

Male nurse: the balding man who treats Shadrack in the hospital

Reverend Deal: a minister of the Bottom who accepts National Suicide Day

Summary
Every January 3rd after 1920, Shadrack celebrated National Suicide Day. For many years, he was the only one to celebrate. The events of 1917 resulted in his establishment of the holiday.

During World War I, Shadrack, who was barely 20, and his comrades met the enemy on a French field in December of 1917. After seeing his friend killed, Shadrack awoke in a hospital. Even though Shadrack was still...

(The entire section is 920 words.)