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Throughout Sula we have found many connections to the previous novels read in our class. When Sula refers to herself as a “pariah” a parallel to The Scarlet Letter and Hester forms. Both characters were seen as immoral women who rebelled against the norms of the society “for the easy way [they] lay with men.” The town punishes Hester for sleeping with a man to whom she was not betrothed while the people of Medallion criticize Sula for sleeping around with white men. Both acts are defiantly against the community norms and create an image as a social pariah for each woman.
“She would fuck practically anything, but sleeping with someone implied for her measure of trust and a definite commitment” (44)
This quote brings up the question, what is the difference between fucking and sleeping with someone? For Hannah, the difference is clear that “fucking” brings about no emotions, therefore it is easy to hit it and quit it. Hannah expieriences emotionless touching everyday, a bit of an oxymoron because when you touch someone you are literally connecting you to them. Rather than falling in love again, she fears commitment yet she also doesn’t want to be alone and cannot go a day without being close to a man. ”Trust” and “commitment” reveals that Hannah’s guard is up due to the loss of her husband, Rekus. Unwilling to feel vulnerable, she closes her emotions off by not allowing herself to be truly intimate with many men; Sula has only caught her lying in bed with one man. Is this the only way for a woman to protect herself from heartbreak? To close herself off from all possibilities of happiness for fear of being hurt.