Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Gordon Thompson

Second Advisor

Vaclav Paris

Keywords

Double silencing, oppression, marriage, silence

Abstract

In literature, voice is a literary device authors use to empower their characters. In fact, both Zora Neale Hurston, in her renowned novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Toni Morrison, in her 1981 novel Tar Baby, exploit voice in different ways. This thesis will investigate and explore the ways in which both of these authors utilize and explore a character’s voice in their literary works.

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