Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Sula '

1474 WordsDec 5, 20166 Pages
Your skin begins to wrinkle. Your hair turns gray. You become frail, thin and weak. All of these transformations inevitably occur in everyone’s body over time. But what remains the same in a person after all these years? Toni Morrison, in her novel Sula, suggests that our inner selves do not change as much as we think. Through a consistent emphasis on body parts, color, and physical appearance, Morrison illustrates the coexistence of change and stability that lie within each person’s body and identity. Though it appears that people can easily alter their identities to fit their desires, Morrison ultimately emphasizes that one’s identity does not change over time because one’s body prevents it from doing so. Throughout the novel, Morrison includes subtle character remarks which falsely imply that a person can change their identity. After Nel witnesses a man discriminate her mother during a train ride, Nel declares, “I’m not Nel. I’m me. Me” (28). Nel willingly refuses to have her name, which was assigned by her mother, restrict her from controlling who she can become. Instead of wanting to be known as “Nel”, she more so wants to be identified as a generic “me”. Morrison purposely emphasizes “me” to exude that me applies to everyone, thereby speaking directly to the readers and stressing that we can change to become an individualistic, unique version of “me”. In addition, Shadrack’s comment on Sula’s appearance also makes it seem that one’s identity will change. He recollects

More about Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Sula '

Open Document