The Theme Of Materialism In Sula By Toni Morrison

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In 1971, she began teaching literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase as an associate professor. Morrison continued her successful emergence as a writer with the publication of her second novel, Sula (1973), it is a novel about a girl who lives in a small town in Ohio whose community is destroyed by World War I. It also shows the story of friendship between two African American women that begins in childhood and is damaged by the inability of the surrounding community and of the women themselves to recognize the primary significance of that relationship. The novel describes the racism that black experience in all aspects of life and it allows the reader to see how people in the situation of these characters …show more content…
It is a novel in which Toni Morrison has tried to connect generations. The ending has a note of hope, peace and redemption. In this novel, Toni Morrison has insisted on Black ancestral heritage. The rapid movement of Black community towards materialism and the pull towards ones past, its history, myths, legends and songs are the main contents. The protagonist is a young man called Milkman Dead. The novel begins with the birth of Milkman Dead. It happened to be strange day when an insurance agent by the name of Mr. Smith, decides to jump off from the roof of the hospital called ‘No Mercy Hospital’. Milkman was born during the commotion and bustle caused by the funny insurance agent. Milkman has two elder sisters. His love-starved mother nurses him till he is six. Milkman’s father encourages him to become a successful businessman. Milkman is forbidden by his father to meet Pilate, his father’s sister. She was a woman of independent spirit. Born without a navel’ she likes to cling to the old ways. She wears brogans and old quilts, sings songs about Negro history emphasizing family love and spiritual values. She becomes the spiritual mother of …show more content…
This novel is built on the foundation of Black folklore and it set on a Caribbean island. It is a modern love story between Jadine, a beautiful, pampered, black model and an earthy, dead locked outlaw, named Son. Jadine, the protagonist is a beautiful Black woman. She is supported by the employer of her aunt and uncle, Valerian Street, who is a retired candy manufacturer. Valerian is now settled on the island Chevaliers. He likes the natural surroundings. Jadine’s aunt and uncle are butler and maid to Valerie and his wife. Jadine wants to marry a rich French Suitor but is afraid of the cultural betrayal of this alliance. Therefore, after receiving her degree, comes to this island to decide about this important issue in a supportive

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