Running Head: SULA 1
Sula is a noble novel written by the famous Toni Morrison, which narrates the lives of two main black women known as Sula and Nel. Sula highlights the lives of these two women from their childhood, which they shared together in Ohio. Sula also highlights their lives in various styles of womanhood as well as their final stage, which is portrayed eventually as settlement and conflict in accordance to the novel. Nel decides to stay back where she was born, marry as well as make a family in order to become a black community pillar, who evidently lived in great harmony and togetherness. On the other hand, Sula Peace is totally against the actions of Nel and she decides to go to college where the city life carries her away, and when she eventually returns home after college, she is already a reckless sexual immoral, person, a rebel, and a mocker. It is evident from the novel that each of these two women suffers from their various choices that they make in their lives. They finally have to make a critical choice of harboring love for one another as well as coming together for the creation of a remarkable representation of being a black woman in the United States of America (Morrison, 2004). The universal theme is centered on the relationship between friends, Sula and Nel, which suggests that two women can have different feminist ideas but still be friends. Comment by Owner: “settlement” means like a community. What’s another word you could use? Comment by Owner: Can use just one word Comment by Owner: Different wording would sound more natural Comment by Owner: Who does? (confusing) Comment by Owner: “sexually immoral person” or “sexual, immoral person”? Comment by Owner: Don’t need Comment by Owner: Plural form Comment by Owner: Since they are 2, change to plural
It is evident from the valuable reading that Sula’s revolt is against the traditional womanhood, which is mainly characterized by dependence and motherhood to the family. Toni Morrison has utilized the precious feminism approach to illustrate the experiences of a black woman in the U.S whereby Sula being a person effectively portrays a feminist principle, which rises up in opposition to the patriarchal norms of nurturance, obedience, domesticity, and sexuality. The author showing the lives of Nel and Sula being very different effectively presents the novel’s major theme, which is the relationship between friends. Nel prefers to stay where she was born, and she eventually lives the life of a traditional black woman whereas Sula is against Nel’s practices and she prefers to go to college and returns back as a rebel against the norms of the traditional black woman. These two women have different life perspectives, which eventually affect their life choices whereby Sula perceives Nel as being traditional (Shmoop, 2010). Comment by Owner: Don’t need to praise a book directly in academic writing, even if you think it’s true. Comment by Owner: More natural to put this after “dependence” Comment by Owner: 2 punctuation marks needed. Comment by Owner: Punctuation before and after. Also, what kind of person? Or just any person? Comment by Owner: Use the version for a person Comment by Owner: Punctuation Comment by Owner: Don’t need Comment by Owner: Punctuation
Sula’s majority qualities and behaviors are influenced by her childhood experiences in the bottom, and her personality describes several elements of an autonomous, strong feminist character. It is worth noting that the Medallion people never perceived Sula positively especially when she returns as an adult to Medallion since she is seen as a person treated with fear, as well as evil. The major reason why Sula is perceived as a community outcast is that she refuses to observe and acknowledge social norms that are set by the community. It is evident from the valuable reading that Sula repeatedly sleeps around and she refuses to get married. Hanna who is Sula’s mother starts to sleep around with married men when Sula’s father dies. In accordance to this society, what Hannah was doing was not evil since she was doing it for pleasure and this notion greatly affected Sula’s perception about sex since she viewed sex as being a source of pleasure. According to this society, this was a gross misconduct because of her refusal to engage in a patriarchal relationship as her mother had done in accordance to their traditions (Morrison, 2004). Comment by Owner: Another similar word would work here. Comment by Owner: Change word. Comment by Owner: punctuation Comment by Owner: punctuation Comment by Owner: punctuation. Probably better to make the next part another sentence.
There was a rumor that Sula had at one time slept with a man believed to be white, which was regarded as unacceptable according to the traditions of the community. The community’s traditions only allowed black men to sleep around with white women but not a white man sleeping with a black woman, this led to the community regarding Sula as being evil since she lacked signs of vulnerability. Sula was indeed different from the rest of the people in that community since her actions were totally against the community’s traditions and norms. The community finally labels Sula as wicked and strange. In the novel, it is only Ajax, who perceives as Sula being a strong female and he falls in love with her. It eventually have a relationship that is equality based. The negative attitude by Sula towards domestication was due to the basis of patriarchal whereby she hated the notion that an woman could be married and get impregnated in order for her husband to prove his strength. This was the paramount reason why she never had any conversations with women in such relationships since she could not hide her truth (Brown-Guillory, 2010). Comment by Owner: How is this related to vulnerability? It could be, but need to explain more. Comment by Owner: Don’t need Comment by Owner: punctuation Comment by Owner: Don’t need Comment by Owner: Change to pronoun for people Comment by Owner: Change form Comment by Owner: Form for a consonant
Sula represents a novel world black woman who makes her own choices regardless of what the community and other people think about her. Sula was regarded as a dangerous female since she could not contain a house, she was daring, and she was difficult to control and disruptive. Sula spoke the outlawed, unspeakable, and was modern and this is the feminism principle that the author of this novel tries to bring out (Brown-Guillory, 2010). Regardless of the numerous limitations on Sula by the community and family, she never imposes any limitation to her life and her rebellion. Not following effectively the community’s traditions eventually isolates her from the same community. Sula has travelled widely through the country as well as attended college during her ten years that she had left home. When she returns back, she does not get married, never maintains a family house like her mother and grandmother had done before. Her sexual exploits never lead Sula to a firm companionship, shared domesticity, or even monogamy (Shmoop, 2010). Comment by Owner: Need word after Comment by Owner: Did you mean “be contained in a house” or “maintain a house”? Comment by Owner: Outlawed and unspeakable what? It’s OK to say “unspeakable” on its own, but not outlawed generally. Comment by Owner: Change to punctuation
In conclusion, Sula can be regarded as a great feminist portrayed by the author in this noble novel because all the things she does are against the community norms and traditions. This informative novel shows Sula’s revolt is the stipulated community expectations of a traditional black woman, which is mostly characterized through dependence and motherhood to the family (Morrison, 2004). The author of this novel, Toni Morrison, has effectively used the feminism approach to portray the experiences of a black woman in the U.S. Sula as a human being effectively illustrates a feminist principle, which rises up in opposition to the patriarchal norms of nurturance, obedience, domesticity, and sexuality. The author portrays properly how the lives of Nel and Sula are very different and this shows the universal theme of the relationship between friends. It is paramount to note that it was very unacceptable for any person in a certain community not to follow and abide to the traditions and norms. Any person who breached these norms was considered an outcast to that community and this is what exactly happened to Sula and her actions affected her relationship with Nel who was her friend. Comment by Owner: Did you mean “to”? Comment by Owner: Need another period. Might be better to spell it as US to avoid confusion. Comment by Owner: Seems too much like the sentence in your intro. Try rewording. You can use a thesaurus and/or reorder the words. Comment by Owner: Use pronoun for person. Comment by Owner: “accurately” or “realistically” might be better. Comment by Owner: Punctuation Comment by Owner: Don’t need this in the conclusion.
Brown-Guillory, E. (2010). Women of Color: Mother-Daughter Relationships in 20th-Century Literature. Texas: University of Texas Press.
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Morrison, T. (2004). Sula. New York: Vintage International. Bottom of Form
Shmoop. (2010). Sula: Shmoop Literature Guide. New York: Shmoop University, Incorporated.