Always: The Living Ancestor and the Testimony of Will in <i>Sula</i>

K. Zauditu-Selassie

in African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033280
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039060 | DOI:
Always: The Living Ancestor and the Testimony of Will in Sula

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This chapter examines the shortcomings of the main character in Toni Morrison's second novel Sula, particularly her negligence of African values. It analyzes archetypes and symbols that mark Sula's definitions as well as her rejection of the living ancestor's presence and her departure from an understanding of African worldview. It suggests that this novel leaves readers with a formidable picture of cultural and physical death by reiterating the true powers available to African people if they listen to ancestral voices, practice their cultural traditions and accept responsibility for one another.

Keywords: African values; Toni Morrison; Sula; living ancestors; death; cultural traditions; ancestral voices; African people

Chapter.  7947 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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