Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Sula ' Essay

1387 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
The definition of loyalty is devotion and faithfulness to a cause, country, group, person, or people. Loyalty can be seen between friends, between a mom and child, between the same race, between two women, between a husband and wife, and countless other types of relationships. However, the listed relationships all occur in the novel Sula. Sula is written by Toni Morrison, a black feminist, who makes it a point to discuss various relationships that have loyalty or suffer from the lack of it. There are numerous themes throughout Sula but one theme does not make the cut.
Good versus evil, death, friendship, racism, sex, identity, and sexuality are the common themes critics correlate with Sula. Loyalty, and the lack of it, is a crucial theme throughout Sula, but tends to be overlooked and deemed as not essential to the analysis of the novel. Multiple critics and scholars have weighed in on the novel with their personal opinions of the characters, the plot, and what scenes demonstrate which themes. While I do agree with the themes each critic or scholar brings to the table in their analytic reviews, they all fail to mention one meaningful and consistent theme: loyalty. There are many demonstrations of loyalty in Sula, but the three relationships that strike me as significant are Eva and her children, Nel, Jude, and Sula, and lastly Nel and Sula. Eva displays an enormous amount of devotion and sacrifices to her children throughout their lives. Some readers may think she takes…

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