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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”

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110843.003.0011

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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