by Toni Morrison
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- Morrison's The Bluest Eye
Several critics have noted that Sula is almost a continuation of Morrison's first novel The Bluest Eye. Some of the themes in The Bluest Eye – for example, the relationships between women – can connect to the themes found in Sula.
- Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
As much as Morrison writes with a voice unique to herself, connections can definitely be made between Sula and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not only is Hurston's book also concerned with the differences between men and women, Hurston's use of symbols and imagery can help us understand Morrison's writing style, especially when it comes to scenes of the natural world and women. In fact, it might be good to think of Sula as a direct departure from Hurston's classic novel.