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sula-toni-morrisonSula, Part 2, 1937don’t want to make somebody else.I want to make myself.Sources:, The Paris Review, The Toni Morrison SocietyCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.FireSymbolizes thedestruction of familySulas BirthmarkReveals how people perceive Sula when they see different shapesRobinsSymbolize the ability to see evil as part of lifeSymbolsYoung black man; tries to break out of poverty and betrays Nel with SulaJudeSulas one-legged grandmother; loves men and disapproves of most womenEvaYoung black woman; rebels against her community and betrays her one friendshipSulaProper, loyal, young black woman; Sulas best friend and Judes wronged wifeNelMain CharactersOne of the first African American novelists to focus on the challenges of black women, Morrison draws from the storytelling and musical traditions of her childhood. In Sula, Morrison writes with lyrical language and a clear-eyed vision of a struggling community to highlight the importance of female friendship.TONI MORRISONBORN 1931AuthorAfter Sula dies, Nel realizes their friendship was more important than Jude.A Change of HeartNel and Sula are best friends throughout childhood. Together, they navigate adolescence while living in an African American community struggling with racism and poverty. When Sula leaves for college and later betrays Nel, their friendship falls apart as the community comes together.Friendshipand Betrayalin the BottomOVERVIEWSula returns home and betrays Nel by sleeping with her husband, Jude.BetrayalNel and Sula are inseparable, never competing for mens attentions.FriendshipEnglishOriginal Language1973Year PublishedToni MorrisonAuthorSulaDramaNovel

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