Hagar's Exclusion In The Life Of Mary Oliver

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Oliver argues that both exclusion and silencing undermines the ability of the othered, here the oppressed other, to create their own meaning, especially of that of their own bodies and experiences. This paper elucidates Hagar’s exclusion from the world of meaning making except as abject and inferior. She is excluded from creating the meaning of her and her son’s lives and bodies; the Lord, Sarah, and Abraham define them both as inferior and alien, and they are rendered incapable of defining themselves. Hagar disappears from the narrative never to resurface again. However, Hagar exits the narrative doing perhaps the most subversive thing she can do as a powerless and marginalized individual. Hagar’s last action of securing a wife for her son
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