Possessing The Secret Of Joy: Four Men To Find A Cure


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Four Men to Find a Cure


The four main men in Possessing the Secret of Joy have roles that contradict a stereotypical male; they are the cure to Tashi\'s happiness. Alice Walker gives Adam, Mzee, Pierre, and Benny roles that show a softer side to men. These four men are very different from each other but they do have some resemblance of each other. These men who were all very devotedly attached to Tashi took care of her and never gave up on her. Instead of deceiving and being indolent, these four men were very likeable. The men tend to symbolize and represent different aspects of Tashi\'s life.
Tashi\'s husband Adam symbolized love. He was the only lover of Tashi that we read about. He cared for her and watched over her even when he did not have control over her. Adam may not have been loyal to Evelyn, but he loved her and took care of her. He knew the real Tashi that many people never saw. He was loyal to Tashi, but after the circumcision he would barely ever see her. He was more of a great friend than a good husband was. He lets her know that he loves her several times in the book. At their marriage he cuts the same lines in his face as Tashi had to represent the Olinkans. He goes with her to Mzee\'s house in Switzerland while she is cured. He also dreams about her and her livelihood, like when she used to say, "But what is it?" when she was happy. Adam, Olivia\'s brother, was daring at heart. He and Tashi used to go the fields to have sex that was considered very taboo. His mentors were Lisette and Pierre. He learned from them. He was in love with Lisette. She was the contrast to Tashi. She was the opposite of her. Adam probably would have rather lived in France with her, but he stood by Tashi to give her love and affection. Adam was not a bad guy at all. He helped Tashi through the years and was always there whenever she needed somebody. It was unfair of him to be cheating on Tashi with Lisette, and Tashi resented him for that. He was always honest with Tashi though. Adam, like many of the other men in this book, was not a terrible person. He was good at heart. He stood by Tashi and gave her love, a house, family, and as much happiness as he could. He loved her as a friend but he wasn\'t very helpful in the family aspect. Without his love and support, Tashi would not have made it nearly as far as she did.
Mzee represented a cure and was like a fatherly figure to Tashi. Mzee was Tashi\'s therapist. He never got down to the problem though. He let her sickness cure itself. It wasn\'t until Raye, the female therapist, that Tashi\'s issue was brought out into the open to discuss. Mzee protected Tashi. He wanted her to get better. He didn\'t like to see her pain, but because he was a male, he didn\'t discuss circumcision and her female problems. He was an old man who reminded me of a witch doctor. His practice was very different than anyone\'s, but Tashi trusted him and let him help her recover. Tashi and Adam went to Mzee\'s house in Switzerland where he played a clip from one of his trips. For days Tashi drew the chicken and the foot that was in the movie. She made several diagrams and ended up painting a huge one on the wall. She passed out for days. Mzee had unlocked a door in the back of her head that let out bad memories that she had not thought about in years. While they were there she went sailing. Perhaps this was one of the only times Evelyn was truly happy and enjoying herself. She was invigorated by the experience. Mzee was like a fatherly figure that watched over her as a family member would. He gave her inconsequential love, no matter how much damage she caused just like Adam had. He