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Toni Morrisons novel Sula bases itself on ambiguity questioning the definitions of good and evil and how closely the two resemble one another The novel attempts to scrutinize the complexity of human emotions and relationships exploring ways to make meaning of lives filled with such idiosyncratic conflicts of race and gender In the context of Sula good and evil are shown to be concepts too simplistic to apply to life - nothing is wholly one or the other Sula and Nel though growing up in contrasting backgrounds become best friends Nel grew up in a conventional home raised by parents devoted to being accepted into society Despite her mothers wishes to raise an acceptable daughter Nel becomes uncertain of the conventional life predestined to her when she meets her grandmother and former prostitute Rochelle Sula was raised by her grandmother Eva and her mother Hannah both of whom are known for their reputations of being loose Seperated by Nels marriage to Jude the girls are reunited ten years later in a heated argument over Sula sleeping with Nels husband Sula is known in the Bottom as evil and Nel thinks of herself as the good half Morrison expresses the need for a kind of balance between forces in Sula For example Sula and Nel and their family situations are quite different yet they are in some sense attracted to one another They are two halves of a whole The conforming Nel searches for a sense of order in her life EX she marries Jude at a young age which in the end seems to fail in giving her a happy life Sula on the other hand opposes the conventions of society and ends her life rather satisfied It is true that she is criticized for her interracial sexual experiences and for her particular independent ways but without such an individual in the peoples lives the scales would be unbalanced Actually Sulas death brings about more
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