The Role of Men in Toni MorrisonPaper Rating: Word Count: 994 Approx Pages: 4
One factor that men served in Toni Morrison's book Sula was their ability to change the women around them. For example, two of the men in the book, BoyBoy and Ajax, had a strong effect on two of the most unimpressionable women in the book, Sula and Eva. While BoyBoy and Ajax remain unaffected by relationships with Eva and Sula respectively, the two women were put through great emotional turmoil resulting from relations with the men. The constant trend the men employ in the book is abandonment. This causes the women of the novel to feel rejected and unworthy, which ultimately makes them weaker as people. They become obsessed with BoyBoy and Ajax and lose their sense of self consequently.
Let's take the case of Eva and BoyBoy first. Not much is mentioned about BoyBoy before he is quickly labled as someone who "did whatever he could that he liked, and he liked womanizing best, drinking second, and abusing Eva third. Â (32). Not only is this unflattering description equated to Eva's husband, but he also was the one who took off. This gives the reader an idea of what type of guy BoyBoy is and what type of woman Eva is. She stood by her man even though he treated her so poorly. BoyBoy stole away h