Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Sula '

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Halloween, for many, is the best time of year. For some, it’s because of the free candy. But for people like me, it’s the power to express my creative, childhood imaginations and morph into any character for a day. But why can’t I become someone else forever, especially if it would make me happier? For Sula Peace and Nel Wright, in Sula, defining oneself in a pool of racism and varying moral standards is by no means challenging. Through a vivid and consistent emphasis of color and physical appearance, author Toni Morrison effectively outlines Sula and Nel’s attempts to comprehend and create their personal identities separate from the own mothers’ influences. Based on their situations, it appears that anyone can easily alter their character and self to fit their desires. However, Morrison ultimately emphasizes that one does not have complete control over their identity because of overwhelming familial and sociological barriers.
Morrison makes it clear that a person’s skin color is an inherent and meaningful quality of their identity. One’s identity is composed of a combination of race, gender, ethnicity, family influence, and several other characteristics. Skin color can allows one to share similarities with those who are the same. Sula and Nel are both colored, and each understands that they are “neither white nor male” (52). Focusing on this similarity of color and gender is what draws them closer as friends, providing them with “ease and comfort” and an “intimacy” (52)
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