Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Sula ' Essay

1897 Words Sep 28th, 2016 8 Pages
Although spent mostly in the North, Toni Morrison’s time as a child was filled with the horrid and grotesque stories of African American culture and community in the South during the early 1900s. Because of these stories, Morrison was inspired to tell the story of Sula, a narrative about the living standard of African American people of earlier America. Though on the surface, the story of Sula seems to only touch upon the topics of racism, sex, and friendship, Toni Morrison’s Sula is actually a story of the conflictive paradox of individual and community. Through Sula, Toni Morrison ridicules the very idea of community and how it affects each individual associated with it. Constantly throughout the story, we see this paradox when characters are ousted from the collective once they exercise a sense of individualism that is too different from what the majority hold. Not only this but Toni Morrison highlights just the complexity of the human sense of community and unification. The conflicting ideals of individualism and community is always touched on through literary means but Morrison sheds a whole new light on it; through Sula, Toni Morrison shows that constant conformity to society and community is not a life living for at all. Toni Morrison highlights the point that it is imperative for people to drive their own life if they want to live a life of contentment. In the very beginning of the book, we are introduced to a character by the name of Shadrack, a man who had…

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