Study Guide

Sula Three Act Plot Analysis

By Toni Morrison

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Nel befriends Sula and they grow into adulthood together...when Sula has an affair with Nel's husband.

Act II

Nel and Sula see each other for the first time in three years. Sula fails to apologize or offer any real explanation for the affair.


Sula dies without having mended her relationship with Nel. It's not until after Sula is gone that Nel realizes how much she misses her. She visits Sula's grave and finally really mourns for her.