Bird Imagery In Toni Morrison's Sula

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In Toni Morrison’s Sula, birds play a big role in identifying the fate of Sula, the Bottom, and as well as its residents in which its imagery gives clues to their fate. Toni Morrison uses bird imagery to foreshadow the plague of deaths and Sula’s significance in Bottom.

In many different cultures and religions, birds influenced many spectrum of metaphors, beliefs, and myths. With the Bird's ability to take off and sail up through the skies, they are identified as a connection between Heaven and Earth and therefore can also be seen as a messenger of God from the heavens. Birds can be a messenger of God not just because of its ability to travel between Heaven and Earth, also because they can also provide prophecies and voice warnings.

Toni Morrison’s robust way of using bird imagery are frequently disturbing and bizarre. Many positive and negative emotions like insanity, disorderliness, terror, evil, forgiveness, orderliness, and so on can be conveyed through the use of bird imagery. An example would be the use of a kind of bird, more specifically the Robin. Robins usually are correlated with the spring and the season of renaissance and prosperity. Instead, Morrison uses the image of Robins in an evil and insane way by foreshadowing the coming of death as the “plague of robins” (1937.89) by representing Sula
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Nel was the only person who noticed this not so subtle coincidence with the return of the birds and Sula at the very same time. The robins also made it “hard to hang up clothes, pull weeds or just sit on the front porch, [because they] were flying and dying all [over].” (1937.89). No one knew why the birds were dying, but no one cared just as long as Sula and the others left as quickly as they came. Sula was like the robins, in that she left heartache and sadness wherever she went. When the birds came, turmoil hit the Bottom, and Sula came

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