Sula by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison's Sula is a novel that has a theme about the nature of evil. The
story follows the lives of two black female friends who present differing views
on evil. On one hand, we have society's conventional view of evil represented
by the character of Nel and also seen in the Bottom's disapproval of Sula.
The other view of evil is seen through the character of Sula and through her
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missing Sula, her closest friend for almost her whole life.
Ignoring her opinion about Sula's actions with Jude, she longs for the Sula
saying, "We was girls together. O Lord, Sula, girl, girl, girlgirlgirl", a cry with
"circles and circles of sorrow" (174). Nel realizes that what mattered wasn't
really how she and Sula differed but rather it was the strength of their
friendship which overcame any conflicting conceptions of evil that they might