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Overview

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Author

Alice Walker

Year Published

1976

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Meridian uses a limited third-person narration. Most of the time, the narrator presents events from Meridian Hill's perspective. But there are chapters when the perspective seems to shift to one of the two other major characters, Truman Held and Lynne Rabinowitz.

Tense

Meridian is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

Meridian is the name of the novel's protagonist. Her name is also representative of her character, which is made clear by the exhaustive dictionary entry for the word meridian that opens the book. In short, a meridian is the highest point of a trajectory. Meridian represents the best type of activism during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This movement is at the core of the novel. As stated on the Alice Walker Literary Society website (based at Emory University): Meridian is "Walker's meditation on the modern civil rights movement."

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