Possessing The Secret Of Joy Pdf
Possessing the Secret of Joy is a 1992 novel by Alice Walker. Tashi “Evelyn” Johnson- The main protagonist of the novel. She is haunted by her experiences as a child and on the run from her memories, especially the act of female circumcision that she underwent as a young adult rather than a young child like other children following the tradition of her village. The novel delves into her struggles recuperating emotionally and physically from the circumcision as she is enveloped in revelations about the underlying meaning of her culture. Once she has the procedure done things go downhill pretty quickly and Tashi goes mad.
Possessing The Secret Of Joy Summary
It tells the story of Tashi, an African woman and a minor character in Walker’s earlier novel The Color Purple. Now in the US she comes from Olinka, Alice Walker’s fictional African nation where female genital mutilation is practiced. Tashi marries an American man named Adam then leaves Olinka because of the war. Tashi chooses to go back to Olinka to undergo circumcision because she is a woman torn between two cultures, Olinkan and Western. Instead of feeling free from not having the procedure done as a child, she feels bothered by it. She wants to honor her Olinkan roots and has the operation in her teen years, although it is usually performed on female children. Tashi later sees several psychiatrists because she goes crazy due to the trauma she has suffered before finding the strength to act. The novel is told in many different voices, which are the characters in the novel. The novel explores what it means to have one’s gender culturally defined and emphasizes that, according to Walker, “Torture is not culture.”
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Name Of the Novel: Possessing The Secret
Author: Alice Walker
Country: United States
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication date: 1992
Pages: 286 pp.
Book Type: Pdf / ePub
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