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Stages of Resistance in Alice Walkers Meridian In this compelling novel by Alice Walker Meridian the main character grows up through the eyes of the reader The author shows us the emotional physical and psychological stages of resistance that Meridian goes through during the height of the civil rights movement In fact if one looks at the life of Alice Walker the author of the novel similarities undeniably exist between the two women First let us examine the early signs of resistance in Meridian One of the first obvious examples of Meridians individuality is when she rejects religion at a very young age despite her mothers devout Christian beliefs In school she is unable to finish a speech because she knows that there is no truth in the words she speaks Meridian was trying to explain to her mother that for the first time she really listened to what she was saying knew she didnt believe it and was so distracted by this revelation that she could not make the rest of her speech Walker 121 This passage reveals the intellect that overpowers her emotion developing in Meridian Yet another example is how Meridian is able to be a nonconformist when she gives up family life and motherhood when she has the opportunity to attend college Her feelings are well explained in this passage When she gave him away she did so with a light heart She did not look back believing she had saved a small persons life Walker 90-91 Although Meridian feels it will be best for the child as well as for herself this decision causes great disturbance within her because of her mothers disapproval The reader sees Meridian enter college after she has made all of these decisions and she has also volunteered to work for voter registration a decision that foreshadows further resistance throughout the novel When Meridian enters college she does so knowing that
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