After Sula dies, the people in the Bottom are joyous and relieved. However, a more curious thing about her death that the citizens don’t seem to observe directly is the change that Sula’s death has brought upon the community. “The tension was gone and so was the reason for the effort they had made. Without her mockery, affection for others sank into flaccid disrepair” (153). The people of the Bottom, especially the women, cared so much about what Sula was doing while she was alive, that when they finally died, they stopped caring, and most of all didn’t see how much of an impact she had made while she was there. Women whose husbands Sula had courted no longer felt the need to “reinforce their vanity” (154). I see this effect much like the phrase “the calm after the storm.” The storm in action can be compared to Sula as she lives in Medallion, and once she leave, everything is tranquil, yet there’s a certain ominousness and emptiness about it.

~Lauren

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