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A Strong Woman is Outcast Melody Women in 20th Cen Lit Prof Paton Paper 2- Nov 10 2000 In the novel Sula by Toni Morrison we follow the life of Sula Peace through out her childhood in the twenties until her death in 1941 The novel surrounds the black community in Medallion specifically the bottom By reading the story of Sulas life and the life of the community in the bottom Morrison shows us the important ways in which families and communities can shape a childs identity Sula not only portrays the way children are shaped but also the way that a community receives an adult who challenges the very environment that molded them Sulas actions and much of her personality is a direct result of her childhood in the bottom Sulas identity contains many elements of a strong independent feminist character However the people in Medallion do not see Sula in a positive light When she returns to Medallion as an adult Sula is seen as evil and regarded with much fear The reason Sula outcast from the community is specifically due to the fact that she is a woman who refuses to contain herself in the social norms set up for the town She refuses to marry and frequently sleeps around The characters that exist around Sula serve as a point to compare the different ways the community treats those who are different Specifically the way the characters Shadrack and Hannah are treated by the community can be compared to the way the community treats Sula In one way or another Sula Shadrack and Hannah are outcast from the community in the bottom Shadrack and Hannah however are not regarded with near as much fear or resentment the town feels towards Sula The difference between the way the town treats Hannah and Sula is particularly alarming After the death of Sulas
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