The Color Purple Research Paper

1842 Words Sep 10th, 2010 8 Pages
Purple America America was in its prime in the 1920’s. A time of many drastic changes, 1920’s Americans enjoyed a booming economy, a prosperous and wealthy upper-class society, and general international and national peace. For African Americans; however, the 1920’s meant facing economic struggle, racial prejudices, and gender stereotypes. In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the main character Celie experiences many boundaries within the workforce, domestics, and society of the 1920’s. Through many attempts to better her lifestyle and display her individuality, Celie finds life extremely difficult in the prejudiced, 1920’s South. Alice Walker did not experience the same discrimination Celie fights against, but, Walker portrays her …show more content…
After years of endless prayer asking for a better life and a reunion with Nettie, Celie realizes she has to act on her dreams, not just pray about them. Hoping does not advance Celie’s lifestyle at all; action alone improves Celie’s status. Late in the book, Celie finally takes charge of her own life and decides to open her own pants-making business – an individual decision which brings immediate pleasure and success to Celie. Celie becomes a stronger, independent, and autonomous woman through her self-made business. A recurrent theme in Walker’s The Color Purple lies in the intricate family bonds among characters. Though characters face numerous difficulties which reveal familial deceit, childhood lies, and parental dishonesty and hate, most characters remain obedient to their households and elders. Difficult times throughout the novel often break love and trust within families, but, characters come back to their roots to accept the life God made for them. In an interview with Library Journal in 1970, Walker explained, “Family relationships are sacred,” a remark thoroughly depicted in The Color Purple’s close familial bonds and characters’ loyalties to their families (Encyclopedia of World Biography). Though Celie obeys her husband, step-father, and various other men who abuse her,

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