Loss of Innocence and Onset of Maturation: A Feminist Study of Alice Walker's The Flowers

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Abstract

This study plans to tour the different stages of the loss of innocence in the character of MYOP, a feeling conjured by Alice Walker in her short story "The Flowers". This paper encompasses the qualitative research approach and insights taken from the basic postulates of "traditional gender roles" situated within the theoretical framework of Feminists Criticism by Lois Tyson. Significant findings of the study are that a patriarchal society ceases the mental and emotional growth of a girl. When that girl is exposed to the outer environment, it leads to the onset of her maturity. It is hoped that my work will contribute to the expansion of episteme regarding the drastic influences of chauvinism and maximizing female society's potential.

Authors

1-Noveen Javed
Assistant Professor, Department of English Linguistics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

2-Ezzah Shakil
Visiting Faculty, Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Sohail Ahmad Saeed
Assistant Professor, Department of English, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

Keywords

Gender Roles, Patriarchy, Mental Growth, Onset of Maturity, Episteme, Feminists

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2021(VI-I).19


Page Nos

178-185

Volume & Issue

VI - I

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Published: 03 2021

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