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In the novel Sula all the characters have their roles that theyre molded into just like everyone does in life Based in the time that it takes place in and the fact that the vast majority of the characters are African-American their roles are pretty much forced for them to live by a predominately White- male society The introduction to the novel starts off towards the end of slave times the late 1800s A good white farmer promised freedom and a piece of bottom land to his slave if he would perform some very difficult chores pg 5 The slave performs the chores and the White farmer tricks the slave into wanting the hilly land which he gets The hilly land is the worst land possible to have Where Planting was backbreaking where the soil slid down and washed away the seeds and where the wind lingered all through the winter pg 5 Getting the worst land possible fit the slaves role perfectly Because he was a slave he always got the worst end of everything and by getting the so-called bottom land he got the worst end of the dealThroughout the next few years the town of Medallion was formed It was a poor town but the people who lived there made the best of it Their roles in life in Medallion all seem to fit the poor town or poor neighborhood lifestyle perfectly almost as if wed expect it too The town of Medallion is a predominately black town located in Ohio during the early 1900s Blacks werent expected to do much No one really cared about them in a White-ran society White people looked down on them and in societys eye they were at the very bottom of the social ladder Almost all of the characters roles are roles that people would assume in their societies position Shadracks role in Medallion is that the community thinks hes kind of crazy They
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