Monday, March 30, 2009

Sula is not a hero

In Toni Morrison's Sula, I believe Sula was not a hero. A hero is somebody that leads by example, is courageous, protects the innocent, and is selfless. She may have brought people together, but her inspiration was not by example, courage, or heroism. Because of her being 'evil', people were driven to be morally superior and better than her to "other" themselves from her. She was selfish; she was driven by desire/emotion and what she wanted. From the book, Sula sees all her emotions and actions (even her mother's burning) as just 'something to do.' A hero would be driven to help others, not be obsessed with entertainment value of everything going around you. Are you a hero for following personal desires and satisfaction over caring for the safety of society and the bond of friendship? I say no.

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