The Color Purple And My Brilliant Career Essay

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Women in the twentieth century lived an age characterized by gender inequality as they were expected to remain subservient to their husbands and to carry out particular social expectations such as marriage, having children and not pursuing a career. Women writers, have learned to grow out of these societal expectations by finding their own voice, embodying a feminist point of view. Alice Walker, Adrienne Rich and Miles Franklin are all examples of women writers who have surpassed societal expectations by writing stories about what it means to be a woman. Firstly, I will introduce Rich’s essay, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence by exploring the concept in its entirety and secondly, examine how various practices of compulsory heterosexuality such as marriage, motherhood and sisterhood is established in texts such as The Color Purple and My Brilliant Career.

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence is an essay written by essayist and feminist, Adrienne Rich.

Alice Walker is an American novelist who is known for writing her epistolary novel, The Colour Purple. Throughout this novel, themes of violent racism, sexism and poverty are explored and by understanding these motifs, it draws a connection to what Walker may have experienced in her life. While Walker displays these of racism, sexism and poverty, she also expresses the importance of relationships, both familial and non-familial. Celie and Nettie are both characters in the novel who are sisters…

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