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Toni Morrison's Sula - The Judgment of Sula

- The Judgment of Sula Toni Morrison first took the stage as a writer in 1970 with her book The Bluest Eye. In 1973 she published her second novel Sula, and she has been writing ever since. Sara Blackburn reviewed Sula for the New York Times when it first made its way onto the scene, and while she did offer a nice plot summary, her review seemed to carry a message addressed to Morrison rather than to the reader. Blackburn begins her article by discussing Morrison's first book, The Bluest Eye, claiming that because of the women's movement The Bluest Eye attracted more attention than it would have and that it was read uncritically because people were pleased with a new talent a...   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - Character of Sula as a Rose

- The Character of Sula as a Rose Authors developed the canon in order to set a standard of literature that most people needed to have read or to have been familiar with. The works included in the canon used words such as beautiful, lovely, fair, and innocent to describe women. The canonical works also used conventional symbols to compare the women to flowers such as the rose and the lily. Thomas Campion depicts the typical description of women in his poem, "There is a Garden in Her Face." He describes the women by stating, "There is a garden in her face/ Where roses and white lilies grow,/ A heavenly paradise is that place,/ Wherein all pleasant fruits do flow" (1044-5)....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - Sula and Nel as Soulmates

- Sula and Nel as Soulmates in Toni Morrison's Sula In examining the two distinct characters of Nel (Wright) Greene and Sula Peace from Toni Morrison's Sula, a unique individual soul emerges from the two women. This soul takes into account good, bad, and gray area qualities. They gray area qualities are needed because, while Nel exhibits more of the stereotypical "good" qualities than Sula, the stereotypes of good and bad don't fit the definition completely. Nel and Sula combined create a type of ying and yang soul, each half including some of the other half....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Relationship Between Nel And Sula in Toni Morrison's Sula

- Often in nature organisms rely on one another to survive. Relationships in which each partner gives equally are called symbiotic. The two partners live harmoniously along side one another depending on each other but still have the ability to stand and act alone should they need to. However, these perfect relationships do not always exist. Sometimes, certain organisms take more than they give and as a result the other organism suffers. Those that do this are called parasites. In Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, Sula Peace and Nel Wright demonstrate a symbiotic relationship gone awry....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - The Fire Within Sula

- The Fire Within Sula   Sula by Toni Morrison is a compelling novel about a unique, self-confident woman.  As in many other books, each secondary character in the story serves as a vehicle to explain the main character.  Hannah, Sula's mother, is dominated by the element of air; she is free spirited, frivolous and child-like.  On the other hand, the element of fire is prevalent in Sula, who is impulsive, hot-tempered and passionate.  Despite the differences between the two, Hannah's lifestyle intrigues and influences her daughter.  The effect Hannah has on Sula is reflected in many of her daughter's perspectives and actions.  As a result of the ubiquitous presence of fire within her, in c...   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - The Provinciality of Sula's Character's

- The Provinciality of Sula's Character's In her review of Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, Sara Blackburn complains that the setting and characters "seem somehow frozen, stylized"(1). While Blackburn talks favorably about Morrison's past novels (The Bluest Eye in particular), she is of the opinion that Sula is less successful because the characters are confined to one location and one mode of thought. Morrison hasn't endowed her people with life beyond their place and function in the novel, and we can't imagine their surviving outside the tiny community where they carry on their separate lives (1)....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - A Multi-faceted Interpretation of Sula

- A Multi-faceted Interpretation of Sula In The Apocalypse in African-American Fiction, Maxine Lavon Montgomery weaves a multi-faceted interpretation of Toni Morrison's Sula. Montgomery submits, "drawing upon an African cosmological system, Morrison maintains that although life in modern America is chaotic, it is possible to escape life in the West and recover the time of the black community's non-Western beginnings" (74). Though Montgomery makes a highly detailed argument advancing several significant ideas that are well worth acknowledging, her final conclusions exceed what can be clearly supported in Sula....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - The Character of Eva Peace in Sula

- The Character of Eva Peace in Sula In the novel Sula, there were other important characters besides Sula. The character in this book I would like to focus on most is Eva Peace. Eva is a woman who has a disability but remains strong, and this will be the focus of this paper since it wasn’t focused on so much in the book. Eva is an amputee. There are many different theories about how she lost her leg. Many say she may have cut it off in order to receive insurance money so she could feed her children....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Frustration and Denial in Morrison's Sula

- Frustration and Denial in Morrison's Sula A book which is most celebrated for its tale about friendship is found to have a more important theme and role in literature. "In Search of Self: Frustration and Denial in Toni Morrison's Sula," the author Maria Nigro believes Sula has much more important themes in modern literature. "Sula celebrates many lives: It is the story of the friendship of two African American women; but most of all, it is the story of community" (1). And it's not just any community is the community of the Bottom....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Community and Survival in Sula

- Community and Survival in Sula Sula by Toni Morrison is a very complex novel with many underlying themes. Some of the themes that exist are good and evil, friendship and love, survival and community, and death. In Marie Nigro's article, "In Search of Self: Frustration and Denial in Toni Morrison's Sula" Nigro deals with the themes of survival and community. According to Nigro, "Sula celebrates many lives: It is the story of the friendship of two African-American women; it is the story of growing up black and female; but most of all, it is the story of a community" (1)....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - Unhealthy Relationship of Sula and Nel

- The Unhealthy Relationship of Sula and Nel Organisms in nature rely on one another for their well being. However, sometimes those organisms become greedy and decide to take in the relationship, instead of sharing with their symbiotic partner. Through this action, it takes on parasitic characteristics. In Toni Morrison's work, Sula, Sula Peace and Nel Wright demonstrate how a symbiotic relationship goes awry. When one partner betrays the other, by taking instead of giving, the other partner suffers....   [tags: Toni Morrison, Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - Breaking the Rules

- Breaking the Rules in Sula A community separates themselves from other individuals in a given society. Certain communities carry their own separate rules or laws. It combines a number of people into one group, one way of thinking. Many communities come together because they share the same common goal or interests. On may occasions, a group or community forms when someone is different from the majority. A good example of that would be when a child is being teased in school because he has glasses or braces....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - Black on White Violence Advocated in Sula

- Black on White Violence Advocated in Sula "And white women. They chase you [black men] to every corner of the earth, feel for you under every bed. I knew a white woman wouldn't leave the house after six o'clock for fear one of you would snatch her.… They think rape soon's they see you, and if they don't get the rape they looking for, they scream it anyway just so the search won't be in vain." (Morrison) This is how Sula, the heroine of Toni Morrison's novel, refers to what she feels to be every white woman's secret desire to be raped by a black man....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula - Female Struggle for Identity

- The Female Struggle for Identity in Sula     The novel Sula by Toni Morrison exemplifies the new feminist literature described by Helene Cixous in "The Laugh of the Medusa" because of the final portrayal of the two main characters Nel and Sula.  However, it is clear throughout the novel that both Cixous's and Gilbert and Gubar's descriptions of women characters are evident within this novel.  The traditional submissive woman figure paradoxically is set against the new woman throughout the novel.  It is unclear whether the reader should love or despise Sula for her independence until the very last scene.  Although both the perspectives of Cixous and Gilbert/Gubar are evident within the tex...   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Folklore, Women's Issues, and Morals in Toni Morrison's Sula

- The Themes of Folklore, Women's Issues, and Morals in Sula   Toni Morrison has asserted that she likes to write the kind of books that she would like to read (Harris 52). By this we can assume she favors black folklore, women's issues, and discussions of accepted moral standards. These are some major themes in Sula. Folktales are a type of oral prose that is passed from one person to another. Listeners may chose to add or subtract from the main story lines, embellishing with experiences and wisdom from their own lives....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Analysis of Sula by Toni Morrison

- Analysis of Sula by Toni Morrison Toni Morrison wrote a touching story of two childhood friends who test the bonds of friendship and love. Throughout the story there are many themes that implore the reader to look more in depth at their meanings and consequences. The main theme throughout the book is that of friendship. In the novel we are introduced to two young girls from very different backgrounds, Sula and Nel. These two girls are like two sides of one person; they know each other's thoughts, "a compliment to one was a compliment to the other." Although they appear to be best friends through much of the novel, they betray one another in the end....   [tags: Nel Wright Sula Peace Morrison Essays]

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Racism and Sexism in Toni Morrison's Sula

- Racism and Sexism in Toni Morrison's Sula Racism and sexism are both themes that are developed throughout the novel Sula, by Toni Morrison. The book is based around the black community of "The Bottom," which itself was established on a racist act. Later the characters in this town become racist as well. This internalized racism that develops may well be a survival tactic developed by the people over years, which still exists even at the end of the novel. The two main characters of this novel are Nel Wright and Sula Peace....   [tags: Toni Morrison Sula Essays]

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Toni Morrison's Sula

- Toni Morrison's Sula In the book Sula by Toni Morrison, Morrison’s ambiguous link between good, evil, and guilt, she is able to show that these terms are relative to each other and often occur mutually. In her comparison of good and evil, Sula states that "Being good to somebody is just like being mean to somebody. Risky. You don't get nothing for it" (145). Good and evil are being compared as if they are equal and that is how the book is structured. For instance, Eva's burning of Plum is a complex conjunction of motherly love and practicality and cannot be described as simply being a good act or a bad one....   [tags: Toni Morrison Sula Essays]

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Close Reading of the Two Holes Passage of Toni Morrison's Sula

- A Close Reading of the Two Holes Passage of Sula     Toni Morrison’s novel Sula is rich with paradox and contradiction from the name of a community on top of a hill called "Bottom" to a family full of discord named "Peace." There are no clear distinctions in the novel, and this is most apparent in the meaning of the relationship between the two main characters, Sula and Nel. Although they are characterized differently, they also have many similarities. Literary critics have interpreted the girls in several different ways: as lesbians (Smith 8), as the two halves of a single person (Coleman 145), and as representations of the dichotomy between good and evil (Bergenholtz 4 of 9)....   [tags: Sula Essays]

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Opportunities for Personal Development in Toni Morrison's Sula

- Human life is often experienced as a slow and steady drift from one day to the next, with nothing in particular distinguishing each day as unique. In passively conforming to societal norms and expectations, individuals fashion lives for themselves that lack the spark of passionate purpose that characterizes true individuality. Such a poor soul soon develops habits that allow her to cope with the monotony of her existence, and once caught in this perpetual cyclic motion she finds herself advanced in age without ever having truly grappled with the fundamental questions underlying her own existence; she finds herself having already lived her life without yet knowing the life that she wants to...   [tags: Toni Morrison, Sula 2014]

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Response to the Injustice System in Toni Morrison's Sula

-       The language, the imagery, the themes, the characters, everything in Toni Morrison's Sula, touches my heart. I want these people to win, to know goodness in their lives, to stop being small. I want the loud and long cry of rage which has no bottom or top with "circles and circles of sorrow" to end (Sula 174).  Morrison embraces the political aspects of her work without apology and freely admits to desiring to emote a reader response. She maintains, "the best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time" ("Rootedness" 345)....   [tags: Expressing Rage in Sula]

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The Opposing Behaviours Of Sula And Nel

- Sexuality: The Opposing Behaviours of Sula and Nel In the novel Sula by Toni Morrison, Sula and Nel were both African American females who attempted to define themselves because there were no guidelines as to how they should behave, especially for their sexuality. This paper will discuss the exposure to sexuality, the effects that sexuality had on their lifestyles and how, in the end, neither of their methods was victorious over the other. The first exposure to a sexual encounter was when Nel and Sula were harassed by Ajax, “a twenty year old pool haunt of sinister beauty....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Marriage]

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Sula And Nel 's Friendship

- Sula and Nel’s friendship in their childhood was beneficial for both of them. Sula’s meeting of Nel was fortunate, because they find a soul mate within each other. They are both the daughters of “distant mothers and incomprehensible fathers” (Morrison, 50). Both girls lack affection in their relationships with their mothers. They can’t find this affection in their relationships with their fathers either, because Sula’s father is dead while Nel’s father is away at sea. They find the affection they need with each other....   [tags: Mother, Family, Interpersonal relationship]

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Sula by Toni Morrison

- Pruitt, Claude. "Circling Meaning in Toni Morrison's Sula.” African American Review 44.1/2 (2011): 115-129. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. Summary: In Claude Pruitt’s article on Sula, Pruitt describes the circular meaning of the text using her own perceptions and the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ralph Ellison’s the Invisible Man. Pruitt reads the text in circles and circles to find the subtext which she believes provides for its meaning. Pruitt’s article discusses how Morrison circles around the subject of the text to showcase the culturally focused discretions displayed in the 1900’s....   [tags: circles of sorrow, race, pruitt ]

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Sula, By Toni Morrison

- The lack of support and affection protagonists, Sula Peace and Nel Wright, causes them to construct their lives on their own without a motherly figure. Toni Morrison’s novel, Sula, displays the development of Sula and Nel through childhood into adulthood. Before Sula and Nel enter the story, Morrison describes the history of the Peace and Wright family. The Peace family live abnormally to their town of Medallion, Ohio. Whereas the Wrights have a conventional life style, living up to society’s expectations.The importance of a healthy mother-daughter relationship is shown through the interactions of Eva and Hannah Peace, Hannah and Sula, and between Helene Wright and Nel....   [tags: Family, Mother, Personal life, Toni Morrison]

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Sula - Setting Analysis

- Things can happen in some places and the tale of them will be interesting. The same story laid in another city would be ridiculous. Setting situates the story`s events, characters and mood through place, time and weather. Without the different dimensions of setting, a story would not have the diversity to introduce new or changed characters, define their true identities, compare societies and reveal hidden emotions. Through Morrison`s Sula, setting is used as the key factor behind every event that occurred....   [tags: Setting]

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Writing Techniques in Sula by Toni Morrison

- There are many aspects of story that come together to create a complete narrative. A lot of the tools used by writers are intentional and serve the purpose of driving home certain aspects of the story or creating and engaging, and entertaining narrative. Toni Morrison—the author of Sula—is no different. Morrison employs many writing techniques and tools in her narrative Sula. It is important for the reader to be aware of and understand some of these narrative tools that the author uses because it allows the reader to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the narrative....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Narrative]

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Transcendence and Transgression in Toni Morrison's Sula

- ... Notwithstanding her transgression, the community considers her as a pariah and outlaw. What is considered as a bold departure by black males Sula’s interracial sex though when it comes to white women, they would not give it a second thought. The whole people unite in regarding Sula as an evil as she transgresses their impositions, she negates all the limitations and her only concern is her belief in her own ‘Self’. She doesn’t need anybody’s shoulder for herself and acts according to her own will....   [tags: black women writers, story analysis]

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Testing Friendships in Sula by Toni Morrison

- Every individual’s life is shaped by personal relationships that they have with others. Whether there are complications in the friendship or not, the person’s life is changed in some way. In Sula by Toni Morrison, friendships are put to the test. Single mother-child relationships and other friendships have hardships that they must overcome. Friendships between women when unmediated by men in a mother and child relationship create difficult decision-makings and ways of life, yet friendships between friends are less complicated and stronger without them....   [tags: relationships, mother, bond]

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Friendship in Sula

- I'm sure you have not only heard, but also used the famous phrase "opposites attract." The statement stands true not only in physics and chemistry, but also in relationships and friendships. We tend to be attracted to people with personalities that differ from ours, so life would be more interesting, and desire the opposite of what we have. A perfect example of this, is Sula and Nel, best friends from Toni Morrison's novel, "Sula", where the conventional ideas of good and evil are turned upside down....   [tags: American Literature]

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Companionship in Sula

- Companionship in Sula Humans need to be with other humans. They need the companionship and they need to know that other people care. Most of the time, this companionship that humans seek with each other will evolve into friendship. At other times, the companionships will evolve into love. Differentiating between friendship and love is difficult because there are no clear cut boundaries on either side. What one person might feel as love, the other might distinguish as friendship or vice versa....   [tags: Papers]

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Evolving Relationships in the Novel, Sula by Toni Morrison

- In the novel, Sula by Toni Morrison, there is not one single main character. The story revolves around two girls, Sula Peace and Nel Wright, and how they interact and contribute to each other's identity and the identity of Bottom. In the beginning, the friendship is a positive aspect to both the girls' identity and the identity of Bottom, but after an unfortunate betrayal by Sula, Nel's identity is affected, and the town bands together against the cause of their misfortunes. In the first part of the novel, Nel is constricted to little communication with anyone other than her mother....   [tags: misfortunes, personality, identity]

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Between the Self and the Community: The Lost Identity in Morrison's Sula

- Aristotle once said, "I count him braver who overcomes his desires … for the hardest victory is over self." Unfortunately, most people don't understand the sheer meaning of Aristotle's quote because they live as servants of their community where one's identity losses its shape. Such end is the inevitable result of living under the constraints of binaries. Toni Morrison's Sula is packed with numerous binaries that define the nature and acts of the novel's characters such as the Self/Community binary....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Sula And Everyday Use Characters Presents A Struggle With Identity

- Sula and Everyday Use characters presents a struggle with identity. In each of the stories, the individual characters have trouble discovering themselves, and so sets out to discover their identity while causing some form of disruption along the way with the other characters. In Sula, Sula disruption was when she slept with Nel’s husband this event put a strain on Nel’s and Sula’s relationship. It also had a big impact on the chain of events that follows. In Everyday Use, Dee is the cause of disruption....   [tags: African American, Black people, Black church]

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- In their life, at one point or another, people deny to themselves and others what they really feel and what really happened. Some people go on living their entire lives denying their true emotions. In Toni Morrison’s novel Sula, characters constantly denied their feelings and their actions. Sula Peace, her best friend Nel Wright, and Nel’s mother do not listen to their feelings and hide from their true emotions. Sula Peace is one of the protagonists of the novel. She is born to a very unstable family and is from that moment treated differently in “the Bottom”, the black section of Medallion, Ohio....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sula by Toni Morrison

- Sula by Toni Morrison In the novel Sula, by Toni Morrison we follow the life of Sula Peace through out her childhood in the twenties until her death in 1941. The novel surrounds the black community in Medallion, specifically "the bottom". By reading the story of Sula’s life, and the life of the community in the bottom, Morrison shows us the important ways in which families and communities can shape a child’s identity. Sula not only portrays the way children are shaped, but also the way that a community receives an adult who challenges the very environment that molded them....   [tags: Black Community Racism Racist Essays]

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- It all began in and around the year 1919. Sula Peace, the daughter of Rekus who died when she was 3years old and Hannah, was a young and lonely girl of wild dreams. Sula was born in the same year as Nel, 1910. Sula was a heavy brown color and had large eyes with a birthmark that resembled a stemmed rose to some and many varied things to others. Nel Wright, the daughter of Helene and Wiley, was and unimaginative girl living in a very strict and manipulated life. Nel was lighter in color than Sula and could have passed for white if she had been a few shades lighter she....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sula versus The Great Gatsby

- The American Dream: Is Betterment Worth It. Through the years, the inhabitants of America have been mobile people. The Native Americans moved according to the seasons and the migration of animals; the first Spanish settlers moved to find gold; the European colonists moved for land; and in the past weeks, Southerners have been moving to escape tragedy. Although these four major diasporas seem to have individual reasons, all four share one common root: the American Dream - an urge to improve a given lifestyle by making a drastic change....   [tags: Comparative Literature Morrison Fitzgerald]

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Yin and Yang in "Sula"

- "Sula" Yin and Yang is an ancient Chinese philosophy that says everything in the world works through opposing energies and that everything has its counter part which balances the world out. This idea of counter parts also carries into literature as shown in the book Sula by Toni Morrison. According to social conventions the character Nel is the yang (positive character/good) and Sula is the yin (negative character/evil). This is the way both characters are viewed on sole terms of how they conform to society....   [tags: American Literature]

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Sula by Toni Morrison

- “Sula" by Tony Morrison is the story of a friendship between Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who are opposites in the way of relating to other people, to the world around them, and to themselves. Nel is rational and balanced; she gets married and gives in to conformity and the town's expectations. Sula is an irrational and transient character. She follows her immediate passions, completely unaware of the feelings other people might have. However, Nel and Sula are able to function well only when they are together because they complete each other as opposites....   [tags: opposite personalities]

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Analysis Of ' If On A Winter 's Night A Traveller ' And ' Sula '

- Textual dynamics is the dynamic interplay between the text and responder, and how this necessarily becomes a relationship between the writer and the reader rather than just the text. It forces us to question whether or not the barrier between fiction and reality is breached. And if the work is real, can it still be considered a work of art. And if it is fake can it be considered real. The texts, 'Orlando ' by Sally Potter and 'Sula ' by Toni Morrison are both, in a sense, biographies of fictional people, challenging traditional values and gender constructs....   [tags: Fiction, Novel, Character, Narratology]

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Toni Morrison's Sula

- Sula Toni Morrison's Sula is a novel that has a theme about the nature of evil. The story follows the lives of two black female friends who present differing views on evil. On one hand, we have society's conventional view of evil represented by the character of Nel and also seen in the Bottom's disapproval of Sula. The other view of evil is seen through the character of Sula and through her actions, which conflict with traditional society. The friendship of Sula and Nel is how the author conveys her message about evil in the relationship....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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American Feminism in Toni Morrison's Sula

- American Feminism in Toni Morrison's Sula Toni Morrison's Sula is a novel that tells the story of the complex situations of two very different, yet quite similar, women who represent the society of African-American females in the middle twentieth century.  It allows the reader to see how people in the situation of these characters react to obstacles and events, showing a vision of American womanhood that might not be evident to people of other ethnic backgrounds and experiences.  In my opinion, this novel also portrays the changing role of women in the twentieth century, and the struggle between the old ideals versus the newfound independence of women....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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When Two Make One in Sula by Toni Morrison

- When Two Make One in Sula by Toni Morrison Toni Morrison's novel Sula is about two young black girls that become close friends, but eventually split up and take different paths through life. Sula decides to go against social conventions and live a more independent, reckless life, while Nel on the other hand decides to marry and settle down. In the end both girls are nearly the same, even though they lived their lives very differently. Both girls grew up in a majority black neighborhood known as the Bottom....   [tags: Papers]

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Definitions of Self in Community in Morrison's Sula and Song of Solomon

- Definitions of Self In Community in Sula and Song of Solomon        "In that place, where they tore the nightshade and blackberry patches from their roots to make room for the Medallion City Golf Course, there once was a neighborhood" (Sula 1). Toni Morrison begins the novel Sula with these powerful words, describing more than a physical place, but a spiritual place where a community once stood. She begins with the destruction of the community, ultimately beginning at the end because her novel traces the history of this community....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Effect of a Mother

- The Effect of a Mother “A wise mother knows: It is her state of consciousness that matters. Her gentleness and clarity command respect. Her love creates security” (Vimala McClure). Mothers play an important roll in a child’s life; shaping how a child will view things in the world, their religious beliefs, he way how they set up their values in life and etc. Every individual life is shaped by personal relationships they have with others. Toni Morrison’s Sula, tells the story of a black community in the fictional town Medallion, Ohio, where two girls grow up together, Sula and Nel, are formed by the influence of race, gender and society....   [tags: Toni Morrison's Sula]

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A Comparison of Christian Symbols in Song of Solomon, Sula, and Beloved

- Although religion does not exist as a central theme in Toni Morrison’s work, it does set premise for a richly intertwined web of symbolism. Morrison’s novels focus on the lives of characters acting in the present day or recent past. For African Americans, events of the past are a crucial facet of culture as they seek to remember their history, the most influential of these events reaching far back into the years of slavery. Historians argue that for incoming slaves, Christianity offered a religious ground for the displaced individual, a soil in which to replant the symbols of their native spirituality....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Excess in Morrison’s Sula and Ginsberg’s Howl

- Application of Excess in Morrison’s Sula and Ginsberg’s Howl    In William Blake’s Marriage of Heaven and Hell, he declares that "the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom…Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained." These beliefs are reiterated and expanded upon in both Toni Morrison’s novel Sula and Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl. Both authors challenge the conception of socially imposed boundaries, which suppress the absolute freedom of thought and action, by venerating the human characteristic of excess....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Comparison of Community in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Morrison's Sula

- Importance of Community in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Sula        Community is an important concern in both black and women's literature. The racist and patriarchal nature of American society, what Morrison refers to as the master narrative of our culture, places blacks and women and especially black women in a position of powerlessness and vulnerability. Communities serve as a protective buffer within which black women must function in order to survive. However both Hurston and Morrison identify and criticize how the patriarchal nature of the master narrative is present in black communities....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Narrative Enrique 's Journey By Sonia Nazario

- The narrative Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario, tells the true story of a young boy’s dangerous path from Mexico to the United States, in hopes of reuniting with his mother. Along Enrique’s trek he sacrifices his safety, well-being, and even the possibility of his life to be with his mother once again. Lourdes, Enrique’s mother, gives up the ultimate sacrifice of missing her children grow up, causing their love and affection they once held for their dear mother to dwindle, all of which so she can provide money and security for her family....   [tags: Education, United States, San Pedro Sula, Poverty]

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When Good Characters Do Bad Things by Toni Morrison

- Sula begins with serious questions within the mind of a reader. Many motifs in the book challenge social structure, and what it means to be human. Pride is apparent within the plot, because dramatic characters have pride, or belief in who they are. Characters are meant to be dramatized to provoke audience emotion. The characters may change throughout a play, but they will be prideful in their change. Toni Morrison puts the reader into the eyes of a character, allowing the reader to become the character....   [tags: audience emotions, character, ]

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Morrison's View on Gender in the Black Community Between 1919 and 1965

- In the novel “Sula”, Toni Morrison presents a very different view on gender in the black community between 1919 and 1965. Written in 1973 after the Civil Rights movement and during the feminist movement, Morison breaks down the traditional gender barriers from as early as 1919, proving that black females were “women” much sooner than their white “lady” counterparts. Morrison depicts matriarchal homes where the women are the dominant figures who even go as far as to emasculate their male opposites....   [tags: Gender Roles]

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Feminism And The Feminist Movement

- Throughout the waves of liberal feminism, there is a new characteristic to be associated with the feminist group. In the first waves, it’s white, married, wealthy women who fit the criteria to be a feminist. The first wave begins in 1900 and ends around 1920, during the times of the Suffragettes. This wave began to introduce the inequalities between men and women, especially relating to voting and education. The second wave began to rise in 1950 which introduced reproductive rights, entitlement to sex, marriage, jobs, social lives, and politics....   [tags: White American, Race, Feminism, White people]

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The Black Aesthetic Movement, And The Women 's Era

- In November of 1973 Toni Morrison published Sula. This writing was written during the era of the Contemporary Literary Period, Black Aesthetic Movement, and the Women 's Era. The Black Aesthetic Movement happened during 1965 through 1976. Currently the Contemporary Period and the Women’s Era began in the 1970s and is still going on today. During the Contemporary Literary Period some of the themes focused on are race, gender, the complexity of the black race, and a new entrance in black history....   [tags: Black people, African American]

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Use of Language in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

- Use of Language in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez In her novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Dominican author Julia Alvarez demonstrates how words can become strange and lose their meaning. African American writer Toni Morrison in her novel Sula demonstrates how words can wound in acts of accidental verbal violence when something is overheard by mistake. In each instance, one sees how the writer manipulates language, its pauses and its silences as well as its words, in order to enhance the overall mood of each work....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' The Novel '

- Toni Morrison 's major element in the novel is racism. In the novel Sula, there are a lot of different themes and one of the theme is a community where Morrison connects the theme to the racism. The racism comes to play a major role in two girl’s life Nel and Sula. The novel is focused on two girls living in Medallion experiencing different aspects of life such as facing racial issues together. Nel and Sula both came from different families, but they both get really attach to each other and they share everything with each other....   [tags: White people, Black people, Race, Miscegenation]

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Salinger And Toni Morrison And F. Scott Fitzgerald

- It is unquestionable that irregular conduct one may go so far as to call it franticness has penetrated our writing this semester. While the lexicon characterizes franticness as "mental fancy or the whimsical conduct emerging from it" Emily Dickinson once composed that "Much Madness is divinest Sense-/To a discerning eye" Have the writers like Mary Shelley,J..D. Salinger,Toni Morrison and F. Scott Fitzgerald shown an "discerning eye. In making writing 's most unusual, apparently silly characters....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Movie and Book

- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Movie and Book The novel, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", by Maya Angelou is the first series of five autobiographical novels. This novel tells about her life in rural Stamps, Arkansas with her religious grandmother and St. Louis, Missouri, where her worldly and glamorous mother resides. At the age of three Maya and her four-year old brother, Bailey, are turned over to the care of their paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Southern life in Stamps, Arkansas was filled with humiliation, violation, and displacement....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Belize Barrier Reef Platform

- While the human population continues to grow so does the need for land to contain the growth. In man’s attempt to fulfill this need we find that we are encroaching on lands used for diverse wildlife and plant-life. The problem comes from the fact that when man moves into these new areas he usually takes over and in the process damages or destroys ecosystems that were in place. This loss of ecosystems equates to the loss of animal species and also plant species. This is happening in our world at an alarming rate....   [tags: Ecology]

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Biography of Toni Morrison

- Toni Morrison was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford on February 18th, 1931, in the small town of Lorain, Ohio. She was the second born of her four siblings that her mother, Ramah Willis, and father, George Wofford, had. Morrison grew up during the Great Depression, which had begun in 1929. Growing up, Morrison heard stories about the violence that took place against African Americans. Both sets of Morrison’s grandparents were a part of the “Great Migration”, which took place during the early 1900s. Her maternal grandparents left the city of Greenville, Alabama, in 1910 due to the loss of their farm....   [tags: music, african american folklore]

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Toni Morrison and Emily Dickinson Poetic Description

- Toni Morrison and Emily Dickinson use poetic description to engage the reader into the moment. Poetry is a language with different elements. Some say that poetry has to have literary elements such as metaphors and similes. Others stress rhythm and rhyme as the most important part of poetry. Personally, poetry can be about anything and have no clear definition to it. Emily Dickinson’s poem “Success is Counted Sweetest” has rhythm and rhyme, metaphors and similes. In Morrison’s novel Sula, the scene where Hannah dies also has poetic elements....   [tags: Poetry Poem]

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Justifying the Paradoxical Nature of Mothering in Toni Morrison's Beloved

- Given American obsessions with male mythologies, the writers of American fiction seem to challenge the basic assumptions of American culture. Specially, the Black female writers create and challenge ideals in representing the mother. While on the one hand we see recurring use of the Good mother of mythology, and virtues associated with the life principle (birth, warmth, nourishment, protection, fertility, growth, abundance, etc.). On the other hand. we also see dark and mysterious mothers performing negative roles associated with the Earth Mother....   [tags: motherhood, maternity, black american fiction]

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Analysis Of Toni Morrison 's ' Dead And Love '

- While other political authors dedicate their written word to a more exact version of rhetoric, very few writers can enchant lines that are both fascinating and politically energized in the same circumstances. Toni Morrison combines literature and diplomacies into a consolidated figure, that one can describe as a brilliant choreography of exposition. Specifically, Morrison dedicates most of her work toward the organization of oppression. Precisely, the topic of segregation that is placed on display within novels such as Sula and Love; where one is the tale of African-American accomplishment under the suffocating umbra of segregation while the other interjects an African American entrepreneur...   [tags: African American, American Civil War, Race]

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Romeo and Juilet vs. The Hunger Games

- Romeo and Juliet vs The Hunger Games Most of you are probably not fighting for the love of your life, against the views of many people, on an island right now. That's not the case for the characters in Romeo and Juliet and The Hunger Games. In The Hunger Games, Katniss's sister Primrose is picked as tribute to be submitted into the games to fight against 11 different districts. Katniiss, who is in District 12 is from a very, very, poor coal-mining district located in the region formerly known as Appalachia.(Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games)....   [tags: fighting, lovers, suicide]

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The Poison Of Unforgiveness Piece

- In our The Poison of Unforgiveness piece, I collaborated with my peers in contriving the concepts of our work and incorporating our gifts and talents to compose an exceptional presentation. Although I was unable to pick exactly who I worked with, I am more than overjoyed to have had the opportunity to work with Cynthia, Gabrielle, and Tammisha to create “The Poison of Unforgiveness”. Particularly, I appreciate them so by virtue of the idea that even before we seriously began planning the presentation, we frequently engaged in discourse about the critical concepts discussed in class — in order to foster maximized understanding and connectivity to each other and the concepts....   [tags: Interpersonal relationship, Friendship, Sociology]

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Major Newspaper in Honduras

- Honduras found its origin as part of Spain’s empire but was freed in 1821. It was annexed for two years to Mexico and finally declared independence. It is the second largest country in Central America and has the world’s highest homicide rate at 90.4 murders per 100,000 people which is almost twice as much as its runner up, Venezuela. Three of the five dailies in Honduras, El Haraldo, La Tribuna, and El Periodico, find their headquarters located in Tegucigalpa. The English-language newspaper, Honduras This Week, is also located there....   [tags: corrupt government, writers, publications]

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- Helplessness is essentially defined by inability to act or react, according to the Marian Webster dictionary. The nature of this definition is embodied into the play Fences and novels Sula and Persepolis. These pieces of literature vividly showcase and exemplify the causes and effects of helplessness in the lives of the characters. Helplessness has been personified in two major ways throughout the novels and play, the effect of race and the power of war. The novels of Fences and Sula showcases helplessness due to race while Persepolis reveals the effect of helplessness due to war....   [tags: Informative, Psychology]

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Fascades of Current Society

- Throughout history women, men, and children have all felt the pressures and manipulations by the media through some façade style form or shape. A Façade by definition is a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect, which is primarily imposed or placed on an object, group, or even individual. Through the use of words, deliberate images, and material items advertised within society, as a result have become pressures felt by all types of individuals. Many of these pressures forced upon individuals, prevalent in society today, has in turn created a false sense of ideals and an artificial basis of reality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of The Article ' Teaching Literature At The County Jail ' And Brock Turner 's Case

- Stereotyping is something we go through in our daily lives. It happens every day and everywhere. I for one, am also guilty for this even though I don’t like to admit it. Stereotyping groups people; those groups are usually called by a name that doesn’t truly fit that particular gathering. Stereotypes influence people’s lives, feelings, and how individuals cooperate with each other in society. Surprisingly, this also happens in our criminal justice system. Society usually stereotypes a criminal by their race and class and this is shown in the examples like the movie, The Central Park 5, the article “Teaching Literature at the County Jail” and Brock Turner’s case....   [tags: Prison, Crime, Criminal justice, Punishment]

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Developing Countries Around The Globe Continuously Extensively Special Economic Zones ( Sezs )

- Countries around the globe have continuously utilized Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as a way to create a unique environment in their national territories to foment their economy. SEZs are specific areas in a country that have different rules and regulations than the rest of the country in regards to taxes, labor laws, investment conditions, customs, and trade. These areas differ a lot from country to country due to a variety of factors. The political and economic environment of a country highly affects the creation and development of SEZs, as more “unstable” countries will have a harder time establishing successful SEZ’s because of the difficulties that may arise when attracting investors wi...   [tags: International trade, Investment, Industry]

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How Immigrants Are Viewed And Treated Like They Are Beneath Citizens

- The way immigrants are viewed and treated like they are beneath citizens, an immigrant’s past traumatic experiences, and the services and laws that hinder immigrants are all elements that characterizes the immigrant experience. One element that greatly affects an immigrant’s experience in a new country is how they are viewed and treated by the people of that country. In the article President Obama: “Immigrants and Refugees Revitalize and Renew America”, President Obama is giving a speech at a naturalization ceremony in Washington, DC....   [tags: United States, Immigration to the United States]

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Physical And Verbal Abuse At The Queens Children 's Psychiatric Center

- Children are among societies most vulnerable human beings. In the United States alone, 12 out of every 1,000 children up to the age of 18 are victims of maltreatment (USDHHS, 2007). I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the detrimental effects physical and verbal abuse have upon these children. At the Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center I was introduced to the mental health care field, this was by far the most integral part of my undergraduate psychology career. Psychology is equally a science as it is an art....   [tags: Childhood, Developmental psychology, Psychology]

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Characteristics Of The Literature By Toni Morrison

- Characteristics of the literature African American literature since 1975 offers a variety of different subjects, styles, and themes. This literature is characterized by five distinct trends: “the acknowledgement of the multiplicity of African-American identities, a renewed interest in history as writers imagine the psychological and spiritual lives of African Americans during slavery and segregation, the emergence of a community of black women writing, a continuing exploration of music and other forms of vernacular culture as springboards for literary innovation and theoretical analysis, and the influence of African American literary scholarship.” (Gates 2127) Major figures Toni Morrison...   [tags: African American, Black people, Literature]

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Marijuana: The Safest Healing Medicine Known

- Marijuana: The Safest Healing Medicine Known There are many medications manufactured today for just about every illness there is. Are these medication really worth taking, or do they actually cause more harm than good. One might argue that pharmaceuticals are safe because the FDA approves them but most of them actually cause more bad side effects than the illness that they are intended to treat. What if there was a treatment for hundreds of ailments with just one medication, and had very few bad side effects....   [tags: Medical Research]

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The Dream Of The American Dream

- The Oxford English Dictionary defines the “American Dream” as “the ideal that every citizen of the United States should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.” Many pursue this dream, whether they are American citizens or undocumented immigrants. In fact, it is this dream that motivated my parents to leave their country, Honduras, and migrate to the U.S. It is this dream that constantly pushed me to do the best I could in order to make my parents’ sacrifice worthwhile....   [tags: High school, College, Middle school, Academia]

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The United States Of Central America

- In the past couple of years, living in Central America has been one of the most dangerous things you can do. I can relate with this because I lived most part of my life there. Most of the elderly people in these countries have experienced the change from a calm and peaceful society to a dangerous and wild community. Many parents think of ways to save their family. Young people tend to be convinced that money can do anything in these countries. They end up working for Cartels or gangs. Therefore, the rates of educated children decreased, and this makes the crime among young people increase....   [tags: United States]

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The War Against The United States

- Many nations see the United States as the biggest creator of terrorism around the world, because the United States is constantly involved in international conflicts. The most recent conflicts are the war against ISIS and Crimea crisis with Russia. The United States uses democracy as an excuse to invade other countries for financial benefits a clear example of this is the Iraqi war. History proves that the United States of America intervenes in a country’s government when there is a financial benefit....   [tags: Iraq War, George W. Bush]

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Themes in Song Of Solomon

- Toni Morrison is one of the most talented and successful African-American authors of our time. Famous for works such as The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Beloved, Morrison has cultivated large audiences of all ethnicities and social classes with her creative style of writing. It is not Morrison’s talent of creating new stories that attracts her fans. In contrast, it is her talent of revising and modernizing traditional Biblical and mythological stories that have been present in literature for centuries....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Beauty as Portrayed in Literature

- The novel, The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison is about a year in the life of an eleven year old girl from Ohio, Pecola Breedlove, who undergoes feelings of rejection, inferiority and self-deprecation because of the racism in her society. Toni Morrison presents with this, the notion that America lives under a stereotype which suggests that to be accepted in a community, one has to be what society considers beautiful, in this case, white. It was written in 1970, therefore is considered a part of the contemporary literature which represents works written after World War II....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Mixed Sex Beds in Hospitals

- For several years there has been much media attention and professional pressure regarding the use of mixed sex wards. Much of the controversy has been fuelled by the Labour government’s manifesto commitment to abolish mixed sex beds, which they finally conceded was an impossible task early in 2008. However, much of the available fiction, and most of the more inciting press coverage, actually relates to inpatient areas with overnight accommodation, especially the more vulnerable groups, such as those with mental health problems and the elderly....   [tags: Health, Health Care]

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