Sula

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There are three major beliefs that Sula maintains throughout the novel that are more negative than positive for her. Foremost, Sula maintains this belief that she can do whatever she desires. This belief is more negative than positive for her because it causes the community to look at her as selfish. Following this belief, she believes that she can create and control her own identity. This is more negative than positive for Sula because she starts to lose who she is, which is an independent and self-assuring person. Finally, Sula feels that her relationship with Nel is so close together, that they are equivalent to being one person. This is relevant because Sula feels that they can share any and everything.

First off, Sula maintains this belief that she can do whatever she desires. She refuses to fall for the social norms of her community, so she follows her own rules. The community expects a female to grow up, and live the life of a wife and mother of a household. Sula maintains this belief so strongly throughout the novel because her daring ways is what she is accustomed to; that is who she is as a person . Even though being an individual is a good trait for some people to have, Sula's beliefs of being different results in negative judgment.

This belief leads to a negative outcome more than a positive for her. Sula's beliefs leads the community to look at her as a selfish person. Sula not having any interest in the moral standards of the community is her means of showing them that she has to be in control. Sula's belief of having her own independence may be a life that the community desires, but Sula is the only one who is not frightened to fight for it. Being labeled this type of person, she got treated differently than those who were considered normal.

Secondly, Sula believes that she can create and control her own identity. Sula didn't want to be characterized as someone living in the Bottom like the rest of the women. Sula wanted to discover...
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