Women With very few exceptions, Morrison's female characters are fiercely independent and subvert the traditionally assigned roles of dutiful wife, mother, and daughter.
Of this category, Sula and Eva are the most prominent.
119This passage describes Sula’s reasons for sleeping with Jude and gives great insight into her character.
This passage shows how distanced and detached Sula is from society, how independent she truly is. We discover that Sula truly had no intention of malice when she slept with her best friend’s husband.
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In the following essay, she discusses mother-and-daughter relationships, and their effect on Sula and Nel's relationship, in Sula.
Their mothers, in turn, have been shaped by their own mothers, in a chain reaction passing through the generations.
Eva, who has endured desperate and lonely poverty, is a strong, tough woman.
Teapot's previously abusive mother, for example, suddenly becomes caring and nurturing, and women who formerly neglected their husbands now shower them with affection.
Ironically, after Sula's death, the old order of negativity returns; the townspeople resume their previous, unhealthy behavior.