By Harold Bloom
The prestige of Alice Walker as a interval author or everlasting determine in American literature continues to be a resource of discussion between critics. This quantity examines Walker's Meridian and the colour crimson, and features a checklist of works via and in regards to the writer. This sequence is edited via Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, big apple college Graduate tuition; preeminent literary critic of our time. Titles contain targeted plot summaries of the radical, extracts from scholarly serious essays at the novels, a whole bibliography of the writer's novels, and extra.
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151) And what should the people do; what is required of them? To choose life. ” 32 Joseph A. Brown No t e s 1. Robert B. Stepto, From Behind the Veil (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979), 164–166. 2. Significant dwellers on this mystic plain would include John in Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain, Milkman in Morrison’s Song of Solomon, and the most elusive of all the mythic characters of modern Afro-American fiction, Bigger Thomas in Wright’s Native Son. The concept of a “mystic plain” has been discussed earlier in Callaloo, in this author’s review, “With Eyes Like Flames of Fire,” (Callaloo, No.
Throughout her life, attending church had been a punishing frustration, because she could respond only to the rhythms and melodies of the music, ﬁnding the words of the sermons and the lyrics of the songs unintelligible. Given the fact that she had learned from Miss Winter during the Black History pageant that love meant forgiveness, Meridian did not hate the churchgoers; she was (in her mind) simply not a part of the circle. Feeling herself, once again, outside of the people, she is actually, to the observing reader, thoroughly immersed in the essence of the religious experience.
Since Alice Walker is, by any account, “a strict constructionist” of fiction, the utter simplicity of the words, “my son died,” must serve as the still point around which the meaning of Meridian must swirl. So small a sentence demands a halting and a reckoning, both for Meridian and for her attending audience. Walker brings it all together as an ENDING. There was a reason for the ceremony she witnessed in church. . The people in the church were saying to the red-eyed man that his son had not died for nothing, and that if his son should come again they would protect his life with her own.