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Literary Analysis of Sula by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison’s novel “Sula,” set in a town with racial and personal tensions, explores
human connection and its absence. “Sula” follows characters who struggle with estrangement in
the early 20th-century African-American Bottom community. This literary analysis explores the
complex experiences of characters estranged from society. It examines how these folks deal with
loneliness, preoccupations, and abandonment’s lasting effects. This paper will explore Shadrack,
Hellene Sabat, and Eva Peace’s approaches to solitude and inner gaps. This analysis illuminates
Morrison’s strong narrative’s emotional themes of loneliness and alienation.
Firstly, Morrison focuses on Shadrack to depict Bottom community isolation. His mental
fragility from World War I trauma makes him an outcast. Morrison vividly depicts Shadrack’s
cognitive decline, showing how his erratic behavior and strange rituals destroy his community
status (Elwood, 5). He is alone, with few wanting to talk beyond glances and whispers.
Hallucinations isolate Shadrack from reality and his peers. Fearing ghosts, he wanders th …
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