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Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition$
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Noel Polk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110843

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.001.0001

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Domestic Violence in “The Purple Hat,” “Magic,” and “The Doll”

Domestic Violence in “The Purple Hat,” “Magic,” and “The Doll”

(p.176) Domestic Violence in “The Purple Hat,” “Magic,” and “The Doll”
Faulkner and Welty and the Southern Literary Tradition

Noel Polk

University Press of Mississippi

Violence is pervasive in Eudora Welty’s fiction, a normal part of women’s everyday experience. This chapter offers a reading of Welty’s short stories “The Purple Hat,” “Magic,” and “The Doll,” all three of which concern women dabbling in pleasure and tackle domestic violence. “Magic” is a grim story about defloration, “The Doll” focuses on two lovers alienated in and by their love, and “The Purple Hat” is about a middle-aged woman who wears a purple hat and whom the narrator believes has been murdered twice.

Keywords:   domestic violence, Eudora Welty, women, short stories, Purple Hat, Magic, The Doll, defloration, love

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