Racism In The Color Purple

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Racism Towards African Americans
Majority of people are labeled by stereotypes that society gives them and those people do not realize how discrimination affects an individual and therefore many authors have written novels to create awareness for this issue. Racism occurs when a certain race is discriminated and hated against. One day or another, one will face racism and although the reasons may be different, the outcomes are the same. It will either destroy one’s self-esteem or create separation in a community. This issue is presented in To Kill A Mockingbird by the main character, Scout, as she observes the people of Maycomb racially discriminate against an innocent African American man by accusing him for sexually abusing a white woman.
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Celie, the main character, writes letters to god saying, “He start to choke me, saying you better shut up and git used to it. But I don’t never git used to it. and now I feel sick every time I be the one to cook.”(Walker 11) The author shows Celie to be uneducated therefore she uses slang, simple words and has limited vocabulary. In this quote she states that her stepfather chocked her and that she better get use to it. This shows racism because her stepfather is white and takes advantage of her because of her race. Moreover, another example of diction is shown through Nettie.
When she says,” On our second evening in Monrovia we had teas at the presidential palace. It looks very much like the American white house .The president talked a good but about his efforts trying to develop the country and about his problems with the natives, who don’t want to work to help build the country up.” (Walker
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However since Sofia refused to work in a degrading position she faces unfair treatment. The author shows racial discrimination through perspective of numerous victims and how each deals with it different. As some are able to stand up for themselves whereas others like Celie are not. Celie says, “I don’t even look at mens. That’s the truth. I look at women, tho, cause I’m not scared of them.” (Walker 6) This quote describes how men have abused her, in her past, which changed her perspective. She is scared of being beaten and physically abused because of her race. The author demonstrates how one feels when they are victimized through their eyes, rather than seeing it from the ones who discriminate against others. The characters perspective changes the way the reader interrupts the issue of

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