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Praise Song For the Butterflies Themes & Motifs

Bernice L. McFadden
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Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is the story that mirrors Abeo's story except in a more imaginary realm: just like Abeo, Dorothy suffers trauma and then goes on a long journey to become a stronger, adult woman. Like Abeo, Dorothy loses her innocence. Throughout Praise Song for the Butterflies, Abeo becomes much like the characters in The Wizard of Oz: she becomes numb, almost like she doesn't have a heart, and she forgets much of her life almost like she has lost her brain. She also loses her courage at the shrine. Although she tries to escape after the first time Duma rapes her, he beats her so badly that she never attempts to run away again. Duma is a great deal like the Wizard of Oz. He seems scary and intimidating, but by the end Abeo kills him with a screwdriver in her dreams...

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