DIVULGING INSCRIPTIONS OF FEMINISM INALICE WALKER'S MERIDIAN
Keywords:Feminism, Repression, Exploitation and mental strength
African Americans were ensnared in the patriarchalsociety due to the segregation, repression and racial oppression. Education and economic independence were dreams for the black people. Like contemporary writers, Walker persistently speaks about the feminism. A feminist is one who is concerned more about the condition of women. Walker coined the term ‘Womanism’ which is the synonym for black feminism. Black feminist consciousness means a kind of awareness of black women, their role and their status. Articulating the truth, pointing out the atrocities, making the blacks to realize their low social strata are necessary for the survival of the blacks. Alice walker, an accomplished and internationally acclaimed African American novelist articulates the silenced black female voice throughMeridian. Walker portrays Meridian asa woman activist to liberate black women from social, racial and sexual exploitation. Black women have been “doubly effaced” silenced as black and female. Walker exposes the need for the black people to understand their identities, roots, culture and values. Walker identifies herself in the activities and events that take place in the life of the protagonist Meridian. Walker asserts the inscriptions of feminism in the novel Meridian and exposes howMeridian, choosing her own life, develops a consciousness, gains mental strength and emanates herself as a powerful woman.
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