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Philomela And The Color Purple

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The myth of “Philomela” is an ancient one and finds itself in the contemporary works of many African American female writers, such as texts written by Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. The incidence of this myth within texts supports the image of a powerful archetypical story which unambiguously joins the images of rape, silencing and the complete removal of female subjectivity. In the three specific texts, namely: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, each main female character experiences a similar fate yet each has a somewhat different outcome. Walker, however, tends to reconfigure her characters fate completely in withdrawing from patriarchal violence, which is present in all three texts.

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