An analysis of the characters of nel and sula of sula by toni morrison

The unique combination of the two women, who completely complement each other, forms a friendship that supercedes everything else in their lives.

On one hand, we have society's conventional view of evil represented by the character of Nel and also seen in the Bottom's disapproval of Sula. She never for a second doubted that Tar Baby, another tenant of hers that sings in the church every Wednesday, was among the white people although everybody else around her insists otherwise.

She accepts that Sula was really the other side of her coin.

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Since then, Sula and Nel became inseparable and became their own version of the Deweys. Sula grows up feeling guilty and unloved. The two characters need each other in …show more content… Helene accommodated to the extent of allowing the town to change her name to Helen. Her thoughts remained with her original interdependent partner. The childhood friends grow apart with age. Though Montgomery makes a highly detailed argument advancing several significant ideas that are well worth acknowledging, her final conclusions exceed what can be clearly supported in Sula Again, racism found its merry way to the lives of the main characters. Their relationship up to this point is a coexistence of happiness with each other. She only accepted that fact after she talked to a very confused and very old Eva Peace who, even in her delirious-like state, could still talk with sense. The symbiotic relationship between Sula and Nel began in their early childhood years. Sometimes, certain organisms take more than they give and as a result the other organism suffers. Yet she is too proud and proper to approach Sula. The people in Medallion, who have always found Sula to be strange, now feel totally alienated from her.

She is significant in the shaping of Sula and in the movement of the novel's plot. Literary critics have interpreted the girls in several different ways: as lesbians Smith 8as the two halves of a single person Colemanand as representations of the dichotomy between good and evil Bergenholtz 4 of However, their trip to New Orleans and the time when she met she grandmother, Rochelle, served as an eye-opener for her to see that she just wanted to be herself, not Nel, not the perfect daughter that her mother wanted her to be.

When the one-legged Eva jumps from the second story of her house in order to save Hannah from burning, Sula makes no attempt to help either her mother or her grandmother.

Sula flouted banality that was the trend then for the women by going to college and being as free as a bird, just like her elders.

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Though Montgomery makes a highly detailed argument advancing several significant ideas that are well worth acknowledging, her final conclusions exceed what can be clearly supported in Sula Sula wraps her life up so completely in her friend that Morrison indicates they have almost become one; therefore, when Nel decides to marry Jude, Sula feels totally betrayed. Sula depended on Nel for comfort and stability, while Nel was drawn to Sula because of her unpredictable nature. It was not death or dying that frightened him, but the unexpectedness of both. However, these perfect relationships do not always exist. The two of them become inseparable, even though they are totally different in background and personality. Betrayal of the symbiotic relationship led to the inevitable outcome of becoming a parasite. Sources Morrison, Toni. As soon as the wedding is over, she leaves Medallion for ten years. After her own children are adults and abandon her, Nel decides to pay Eva a visit. She grew fond of the thought of possessing something, or someone by a manner of speaking, that she practically scared Ajax away from her because like her, Ajax did not like commitment. The deweys would not allow it. The community looks up to her literally and figuratively. They gray area qualities are needed because, while Nel exhibits more of the stereotypical "good" qualities than Sula, the stereotypes of good and bad don't fit the definition completely.

It was a task for my English class and I just felt like sharing it to the world even if I'm not sure if it's going to be accepted in a nice way or not. Shadrack Shadrack is a strange resident of The Bottom.

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As Morrison notes of her, "She was completely free of ambition, with no affection for money, property or things, no greed, no desire to command attention or compliments — no ego. All living beings, weather you are the president of the United States or a homeless person living in a shelter, depend on symbiotic relationships to live a healthy and productive life.

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Critical Analysis for Sula by Toni Morrison