Essay about Analysis Of Carol Gilligan 's ' The Color Purple '

780 Words Oct 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Gilligan Versus Walker Who would have thought that the queen of women’s development might have fallen short in a few areas? Carol Gilligan, author of In A Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development, takes psychological theories and tests their upholding when compared to women’s development. Throughout Gilligan’s thoughts, she focuses on Kohlberg’s stages of moral development, gender differences, and maturity stages when abortion is involved. Within the same few years, Alice Walker published The Color Purple, a modern fiction, a tale of two sisters who are living very different lives. One sister, Celie, is married off to a vicious family, yet finds companionship along the way. The other sister, Nettie, becomes a missionary in Africa, who constantly is sending her sister letters to make sure she is doing well. Alice Walker, through The Color Purple, proves that Carol Gilligan’s ideas of gender differences, moral problems, and the nurturing man fall short when compared to each other. In Gilligan’s writing, she suggests that the difference between boys and girls comes from the relationship with the child’s mother (24). She attempts to prove her points by researching Kohlberg’s studies that include differentiating boys and girls through how they answer a train of questions. Alice Walker, on the other hand, shows how children who lived in the south, in the 1930’s, did not grow up with their own mother. There was always someone else taking care of…

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