Jasmine Brown English 1B 10/13/13 “Sula” by Toni Morrison
Sula’s birthmark represents Sula’s reputation throughout the book. You will see her reputation change from a positive outlook to a negative one. In beginning Sula’s birthmark is being characterized as a stemmed rose, but towards the end of the book it changes from something pleasant as a rose to something that’s unpleasant and dreadful like her mother ashes. Birthmarks have many different meanings in so many different cultures. There are some myths that associated birthmarks that are caused when an expectant mother sees something strange or experiences a great deal of fear. In the beginning of the book where Nel describes Sula and her birthmark for the first time, she states that “Sula was a heavy brown with large quiet eyes, one of which featured a birthmark that spread from the middle of the lid toward the eyebrow, shaped something like a stemmed rose.” Her birthmark being a shape of a stemmed rose starts the beginning of her reputation as a caring person who shows emotion as well as her friendship with Nel. Especially the part of the book where she, Nel, and little boy named Chicken Little was playing in a tree that hovers over the river. Unfortunately Chicken Little slips from Sula into the water where he drowned. Instead of worrying about whether or not if someone seen what happen like Nel was. She showing compassion and was grieving over Chicken Little death “Sula simply cried. Soundlessly and with no heaving and gasping for breath she let the tears roll into her mouth and slide...
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