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Southern Literary Journal, The

Sexual Blinding of Women in Alice Walker’s Works.

“Like the Pupil of an Eye”: Sexual Blinding of Women in Alice Walker’s Works.

Wolff, Sally

The injury occurred in childhood. Alice Walker was playing outdoors with her brothers. The boys had received BB guns for Christmas–the kind that shoot copper pellets. The moment is described in enduring present tense, as if still occurring in her vivid memory. She was standing on top of a make-shift garage, with her brothers on the ground below:

I feel an incredible blow in my right eye. I look down just in time to see

my brother lower his gun…. [A] tree growing from underneath the porch

that climbs past the railing to the roof … it is the last thing my right

eye …