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The Diary of an African Nun Themes

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Themes

These themes concern all of the short stories featured in the book, Flowers.

Racism/Sexism

The dominant theme present throughout this collection is about black women who long to escape and be free but who are denied that freedom by the society they live in and by their husbands. Black men are portrayed in a negative light and are made to be the oppressors of black women.

In Roselily, the story foreshadows two ways in which the bride, Roselily, will be oppressed by her new husband: the marriage itself, which leads her to think of chains, ropes, and religion; and in her role as a wife, where her groom has already made clear that he is going to remake her into the wife that he wants. In Really, Doesn't Crime Pay, Alice Walker continues to explore this theme of black men as the oppressors of black women. Not only...

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