Possessing the Secret of Joy Characters

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Walker's central character is patterned after the archetypal hero on a hero's journey. Tashi leaves civilization, tracks her tribe's warriors into the jungle where she undergoes a rite of passage. One self dies (her childhood) and she is reborn (marriageable). The transformation, however, is a false one for Tashi who is reborn but not empowered. In fact, she is enslaved. She falls into a slough of despond. But with spiritual guides, Mzee, Raye, and Pierre, she undergoes a period of reeducation and preparation. She transforms again, this time into a knight of sorts who slays the dragon — M'Lissa — in an act of self-sacrifice to rally the oppressed against the oppressive Olinka male patriarchy.

Though Tashi may be easily identifiable as the archetypal hero on a journey, she is stretched in so many ways that she is barely recognizable as one individual character. She is a much different...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Possessing the Secret of Joy from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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