Plot summary[ edit ] The Bottom is a mostly black neighborhood in Ohio. A white farmer promised freedom and a piece of Bottom land to his slave if he would perform some very difficult chores. When the slave completed the work, he asked the farmer to keep his end of the bargain.
Table of Contents Summary The Bottom is a mostly black community in Ohio, situated in the hills above the mostly white, wealthier community of Medallion. The Bottom first became a community when a master gave it to his former slave. This "gift" was in fact a trick: The trick, though, led to the growth of a vibrant community.
Now the community faces a new threat; wealthy whites have taken a liking to the land, and would like to destroy much of the town in order to build a golf course.
Shadrack, a resident of the Bottom, fought in WWI. He returns a shattered man, unable to accept the complexities of the world; he lives on the outskirts of town, attempting to create order in his life.
One of his methods involves compartmentalizing his fear of death in a ritual he invents and names National Suicide Day. The town is at first wary of him and his ritual, then, over time, unthinkingly accepts him.
Meanwhile, the families of the children Nel and Sula are contrasted.
Nel is the product of a family that believes deeply in social conventions; hers is a stable home, though some might characterize it as rigid. Nel is uncertain of the conventional life her mother, Helene, wants for her; these doubts are hammered home when she meets Rochelle, her grandmother and a former prostitute, the only unconventional woman in her family line.
Sula's family is very different: Their house also serves as a home for three informally adopted boys and a steady stream of borders.
The titular character of Sula, Sula Peace is a wild, resourceful woman, whose friendship with the tame and domestic Nel Wright changes in various complicated ways between the . Parents need to know that Sula, the second novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, is a complex story set in an African-American community in Ohio between and It follows two best girlfriends from childhood through old age and one woman's betrayal of the other. Sula. Toni Morrison. Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Ray Lawler. The Sun Also Rises. Ernest Hemingway. The Sun is Also a Star. Nicola Yoon. Sundiata. D.T. Niane. PDF Downloads of all LitCharts literature guides. Teacher Editions. Close reading made easy .
Despite their differences, Sula and Nel become fiercely attached to each other during adolescence. However, a traumatic accident changes everything. One day, Sula playfully swings a neighborhood boy, Chicken Little, around by his hands.
When she loses her grip, the boy falls into a nearby river and drowns. They never tell anyone about the accident even though they did not intend to harm the boy. The two girls begin to grow apart. One day, in an accident, Sula's mother's dress catches fire and she dies of the burns.
After high school, Nel chooses to marry and settles into the conventional role of wife and mother. Sula follows a wildly divergent path and lives a life of fierce independence and total disregard for social conventions.
Shortly after Nel's wedding, Sula leaves the Bottom for a period of 10 years. She has many affairs, some with white men.Sula study guide contains a biography of Toni Morrison, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Sula Character List. Buy Study Guide. Shadrack. and discuss the novel. Why does Eva only have one leg. Eva mysteriously loses one of her legs after she is left by her husband BoyBoy.
Parents need to know that Sula, the second novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, is a complex story set in an African-American community in Ohio between and It follows two best girlfriends from childhood through old age and one woman's betrayal of the other.
Sula is a novel about ambiguity. It questions and examines the terms "good" and "evil," often demonstrating that the two often resemble one another. It questions and examines the terms "good" and "evil," often demonstrating that the two often resemble one another.
Eva later became the vibrant matriarch over a busy household, which included Hannah, Sula, Ralph, Tar Baby, the Deweys, and a constant stream of boarders.
Hannah Peace - Hannah Peace is . LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in Sula, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
Race and Racism Like most of Toni Morrison’s novels, Sula studies the ways that black people struggle to live in America, a country with a . The spirit in the tree in the Gilgamesh cycle. Samuel Noah Kramer (, published ) translated ki-sikil-lil-la-ke as Lilith in "Tablet XII" of the Epic of Gilgamesh dated c BC.
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