What separates the experiences of a Hebrew slave-woman from a 20th century black woman? Except for time, apparently, not much. As one compares and contrasts the lives of Hagar, an Egyptian slave described in Phyllis Trible's Texts of Terror, and Celie, a southern black woman presented in Alice Walker's The Color Purple, one finds similarities even though these women lived in different cultures thousands of years apart. These similarities include the authors' use of language, and the oppression, bondage, and flight to freedom these women share.
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"Celie and Hagar: Sisters in Time,"
Draftings In: Vol. 3:
1, Article 7.
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