Due Mar.3.09 - Ji Yun Kang EWRT1B Sula Essay #3 Mar. 9....

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Ji Yun Kang EWRT1B Sula Essay #3 Mar. 9. 2009 Good Vs Evil Sula, written by Toni Morrison, is a novel that has the ultimate answer for the pending question about what defines truly surreptitious evil. The story reflects the society's conventional view of evil represented by the character of Nel as opposed to Sula whose concept of evil differs from it. The opposite of evil is seen through the character of Sula and explained through her actions, which conflicts with the expectation of traditional society with which people must live accordingly. By analyzing the conflicting ideas of two characters, we can reach the point that being evil is only a subjective opinion of people. In slightly different words, the borderline that separates virtue from evil is not an absolute standard by which integrity of a person is measured, rather a person is determined either good or evil by individual perspective and bias. This is not to say that the ethical boundary is obscure. There is clearly moral guideline that dictates what is definitely right or wrong. However, I want to emphasize the point illustrated in “Sula” that being good or evil are only a page apart. Sula says to Nel "Being good to somebody is just like being mean to somebody. Risky. You don't get nothing for it" (Morrison 145). Anyone could be as bad as notoriously obnoxious criminal, whereas a terrible scumbag can turn out as good as a saint. For example, after Sula’s death, villagers in the Bottom resort back to their old habit of neglecting spouses, beating up
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children, ignoring elders just as what they had thought only Sula did. As a result, the entire
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2010 for the course EWRT 2 taught by Professor Brennan during the Spring '09 term at DeAnza College.

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Due Mar.3.09 - Ji Yun Kang EWRT1B Sula Essay #3 Mar. 9....

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