Study Guide

Sula Characters

By Toni Morrison

Sula Peace

Sula: she may be many things, but she's anything but boring. We sometimes feel sorry her,...

Nel

Nel seems to be a simple, straightforward character. But as we learn more about...

Shadrack

Shadrack exposes us to the horrors of war. He returns from World War I profoundly impacted by...

Ajax

Ajax comes and goes pretty quickly, but he's the one man to whom Sula develops a true attachment....

Chicken Little

Chicken Little's death is far more significant to the story than his life is. We really know...

Eva

Eva is also one of the few characters to survive at the end of the novel. The matriarch of the...

Hannah

Hannah makes an early departure from the novel, but her influence on Sula remains constant and...

Helene

Nel's mother Helene assumes an early importance in the novel. Helene is a prostitute's daughter,...

Jude

Jude seems like a stand-up guy when he marries Nel. He wants more than anything to work on the...

Plum

Eva's son Plum is the love of her life. As the only male child of a woman who loves men, he...

Tar Baby and the Deweys

The Deweys are three neighborhood boys who live with Eva. Although they look very different from...