I was looking at alternate forms of the cover of the novel and there is either a dead bird around Sula’s neck or many flying in the background. In the novel, birds are appearing a lot. So far, they seem to be associated with specific characters. For example, when we meet Rochelle (Nel’s grandmother), she is wearing a “canary-yellow dress” and has the “glare of a canary” (both found on p.25). And, as we read recently, a “plague of robins” arrive just as Sula returns home (found on p. 89). Robins are often associated with spring, the season of rebirth and growth.  In general, birds often represent flight. Although we do not know much about Rochelle, Sula seems to be the type of character who refuses to be tied down (like when she refuses to marry on p.92).

– McClain

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