The Reality Of African Women In The Color Purple By Alice Walker

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Picture someone being raped, stolen maybe taken instead from their home, and being beat and told they are nothing every day just because they lack the simple ability to speak up from themselves. This was the life of Celie, an African American woman in The Color Purple. This was not only a problem for a person in a story but this was also the reality of African women everywhere. In her work The Color Purple(italicized), Alice Walker uses violence and finding ones voice to show the reality of poor treatment, complete disregard, and a feeling of being trapped for African American women and like Celie in the early 1900’s. One of the first counts of violence being used is when Celie first moved into her new house with her new husband and stated, …show more content…
Celie is telling how Sofia got thrown in jail getting into a fight with a white man. When she was offered a job by the mayor’s wife and she heartily refused they were so appalled that she got slapped and in turn got into a fight. Because this black woman had a voice of her own and options and since she decided to share them with the world that means that she must be punished and beaten into a pulp. This was also mentioned briefly in the critical article “The Color Purple” by Carmen Gillespie where she …show more content…
I say. It’s time to leave you and enter into the Creation. And your dead body just the welcome mat I need” (Walker 181). This is the part of the book that Celie has finally found her voice and decides to stand up to this man who has been mistreating her for years. She states that she will be leaving him and that she never did like him, as well that he was in general just a bad person. This was by far the greatest breakthrough in the whole book. It was mentioned in Diane Scholl article “With Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: Alice Walker 's Parable The Color Purple” that, “Celie, sexually abused by her father and married against her will to the infamous Mr., learns to love the provocative blues singer Shug Avery and then herself, acquires self-esteem and financial independence”. This touches on how Celie had to fight to get away from her former life and in doing so was able to love herself and find a voice that she never knew that she

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