Dreams Deferred in Toni Morrison's "Sula"
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This paper explores the role of lost dreams and its affect on the characters in Toni Morrison's novel, "Sula." The paper focuses primarily on how the women in the novel react to lost dreams, and to a lesser extent the men. An in-depth description of the novel's main characters is given. There is also a brief plot summary. The author concludes by tying together the reference to the Langston Hughes poem "A Dream Deferred" presented in the paper's first paragraph.
From the Paper:"The quest for dreams in the bodies and souls of others can have damaging results. When BoyBoy returned to visit Eva, she found herself consumed with hatred for him - a hatred that she felt would "define and strengthen her" (Morrison 36). While Eva's reliance on BoyBoy in the beginning was born of financial necessity, her later emotional state depended on his not being there. It was following his visit that she began spending all of her time in her bedroom (Morrison 37), further supporting the idea that her abandoned dreams of romance, or of a strong marriage, infected her, and prevented her life from moving forward. While Sula's "disease" of forgotten dreams became a driving force in her uncontrolled behavior, Eva's "sickness" enveloped her like a cocoon."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hughes, Lanston. "A Dream Deferred." Montage of a Dream Deferred. Holt, 1951.
- Morrison, Toni. Sula. New York: Vintage International, 2004.
Cite this Book Review:
Dreams Deferred in Toni Morrison's "Sula" (2010, March 26) Retrieved August 18, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/dreams-deferred-in-toni-morrison-sula-119033/
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