Eva’s Disability

Given that I have read Sula already in a previous course, it still interests me that Eva holds a sense of superiority given that she has a disability. Her demeanor makes those who come in contact with her, respect her. Nobody acknowledges her disability and it is interesting that some men fancy her. But what does Morrison mean when she writes:

“The men wanted to see her lovely calf, that neat shoe, and watch the focusing that sometimes swept down out of the distances in her eyes. They wanted to see the joy in her face as they settled down to play checkers, knowing that even when she beat them, as she almost did, somehow, in her presence, it was they who had won something” (41).

What did these men win?

What is it about her disability that makes these men want to be in Eva’s presence?

We’ve talked about how views on disability tend to be of disgust and/or fear, but what does this mean the way Morrison represents disability?

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