Even though Nel is displayed as from a chaotic family as the novel begins she later has a great friendship with Sula. Sula is from a completely different family and she contributes to the character formation of Nel. It is true that since the novel is titled Sula it talks and focuses more on Nel. This is because she is the girl who would have followed in the footsteps of her family members like mum however she changes and becomes a better person while on the other side the person expected to be very good that is Sula does not retain her goodness rather she becomes the unexpected. Sula changes so much and she decides to live an independent life. This independent life makes her get into problems with her best-friend Nel after she sleeps with her husband Jude.
Due to her independent life, she never apologizes as Nel tries to talk to her about it. “And you didn’t love me enough to leave him alone. To let him love me. You had to take him away” (Morrison, 128). Here Nel tries to talk to Sula however she is already destroyed and she is not ready to change. In the final chapter of the book, Nel is displayed as a middle-aged woman who even though having gone through a lot can change and be a good person. Sula dies at an early age due to her very ambitious life of self-discovery whereby she does anything possible to make herself feel good. On the other side, the self-discovery of Nel makes her life better every day even though silently.at the end of it, all Nel is a middle-aged woman who is grown up and she is far much better. Therefore it is true that Nel is the main protagonist because she is the one who gets transformed at the end.
Morrison, Toni. Sula. SPERLING & KUPFER, 2012.