Assistant Professor of English
Scott Christian College (Autonomous)
Literature is fundamentally an expression of life through the medium of language. It portrays the deep and everlasting human significance. As a novelist Zelda Lockhart plays a key role among the modern African American writers. Her debut novel, Fifth Born tackles the harrowing experiences of family violence and abuse. It portrays the central character, Odessa’s quest for a haven. This paper focuses the paints and sufferings of the black woman in the family and society. It also portrays the hardship undergone by the women characters to restore their self and identity.
Keywords: haven, feminism, double marginalization, heathen