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Sula, on the other hand is never accepted into the community and remains, as Harris describes, 'the epitome of independence' (72). She makes no demands and recognizes that fulfillment must come from within the individual, instead of being sought in others. In her deathbed statement to Nel, Sula voices her commitment to herself: 'I sure did live in this world'I got my mind. And what goes on in it. Which is to say, I got me' (Sula 143). With this statement, Sula tries to make Nel understand that they are vastly different women. While Nel searches for a sense of fulfillment through her mother's attachment, Jude's need to prove himself, and the community's sympathy for a wronged wife, Sula looks only to herself. She does not conform to the community's standard of womanhood and refuses to accept the town's social mores. Sula lives to fulfill her desires by her own rules, whether this includes attending a church dinner sans underwear or sleeping with multiple married men. As Jan Furman in her book Toni Morrison's Fiction indicates, 'Sula will have none of Nel's limitations' (26). Sula will not restrict her true nature or warp her desires in order to appease someone, as does Nel, nor will she commit herself to someone incapable of being her equal.

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