Inherent to human nature and their morals, are dualities, such as good and bad, in a character which produces all the emotions, experiences, and forces that motivates an individual to overcome the struggles of life. One, without the other, will not suffice in its existence. Consequently, only the combination of both characteristics will succeed in constructing a solid identity. Such is the case in the novel “Sula”, by Toni Morrison. Throughout the progression of the plot, Nel and Sula complements each other in such a way that allows them to form a single functional unit. Therefore, only with Sula’s aide, is Nel able to surpass the restrictions that her mother places on her. Contrary to the statement that “Sula was the worst thing that ever happened to Nel,” Sula does not corrupt Nel, but rather, assists her in gaining the freedom that she craves. As Nel is desperately trying to fulfill the desire of being her true self, Sula is searching for “something else to be” (52).
             In the process of their coinciding pursuits, Nel and Sula discovers that they provide for each other, the missing fractions of their identity. Sula and Nel, by themselves, appear to be polar opposites of one another. Whereas Nel is preserved and confined, the daring Sula displays a wild array of spontaneous action and thought. Under Hannah’s discipline, Nel is raised to be “obedient and polite”, with no freedom for personal expression. So much that, “any enthusiasms that little Nel showed were calmed by the mother until she drove her daughter’s imagination underground” (18). Sula, on the other hand, existed in the unrestrained essence of her turbulent home. In it, she learns “that sex was pleasant and frequent, but otherwise unremarkable” (44). While Sula is searching for the sense and morality that being “wedge[ed] into a household of throbbing disorder and constant awry” (52) did not provide for her, Nel is desperately trying to es...

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