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STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY

Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal.

Abstract
In all of her novels Alice Walker, the eminent Black feminist writer examines black woman’s
struggle; the courageous fight she puts up against a racist and sexist society that stifles her growth towards selfhood, independence and wholeness. Her novels vividly document the struggle of the protagonists to come to
terms with reality to resist and withstand, and to rediscover and redefine them. This paper however confines
itself to one of her novels named Possessing the Secret of Joy alone. This novel was published in the year 1992,
which centers around female circumcision also known as clitoridectomy which is celebrated as the rite of
initiation into womanhood among many African tribes. The novel deals with the main protagonist Tashi’s illfated decision, the traumatic experience, her descent into depression and madness and the efforts of her wellwishers to heal her and then her resolution to face the reality, her own act of her personal redemption- her
vengeance on M’Lissa, the aged circumciser of the Olinka village, and finally embracing her death
triumphantly.

Key words: Genital mutilation, circumcision, discrimination, domination.


 
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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal. STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY. JCR. 2020; 7(16): 1924-1928. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246


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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal. STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY. JCR. (2020), [cited June 03, 2021]; 7(16): 1924-1928. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246



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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal (2020) STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY. JCR, 7 (16), 1924-1928. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246



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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal. 2020. STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (16), 1924-1928. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246



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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal. "STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 1924-1928. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246



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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal. "STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.16 (2020), 1924-1928. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246



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Gayatri Kumari, Dr. Jyoti Syal (2020) STRUGGLE OF A WOMAN AGAINST THE CULTURE OF SEXISM IN ALICE WALKER’S POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (16), 1924-1928. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.16.246