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Toni Morrisons second novel Sula is a centrifugal story where a lot of themes, motifs, and symbols compete to draw critical attention. Seemingly decentering and diffusive, however, Sula has a remarkable thematic unity, in that all of the three protagonists suffer from loss and trauma and try to handle them in their own unique ways. The story of Shadrack, a World War I veteran works as a frame to interpret stories of Sula and Nel. While Shadrack was witnessing an uncanny scene in the midst of a battle, he was bombed and became unconscious. Even though he was hospitalized for more than one year and eventually regained consciousness, he almost lost complete recollection of the accident. Returning home, he enacts a holiday known as National Suicide Day to deal with his trauma. Similarly, Sula and Nel struggle with their own loss and trauma. As for Sula, she suffers from the emotional loss of her mothers love, which was worsened by her accidental homicide of Chicken Little, a town kid. Nel also suffers from the trauma of her husband and her best friends betrayal. Her trauma however, teaches her that she should struggle to put off the false self-sufficiency to find her true identity. Though each character experiences different kinds of wounds respectively, the author seems to support their quests for the reason that they face and struggle with them to the end. (Hansung University)

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