The Color Purple

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  • Racism In The Color Purple

    discriminate against an innocent African American man by accusing him for sexually abusing a white woman. Similarly, in the novel The Color Purple the main character, Celie, faces racial discrimination and is abused because she is an African American living in a era where the blacks and whites do not have equal rights .The purpose of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple is to demonstrate the effects of racism towards African Americans through their use of invective diction, different perspectives and through the use of hyperbole. Firstly, the purpose in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the effects of racism towards African Americans through the use of invective diction. Diction is a choice of words that the author uses to convey a tone or effect to illustrate a purpose, since the setting in the novel is in the South; many characters speak in unique forms. For example when Mr.Ewell speaks at the trial accusing Tom Robinson, he uses slang, “I seen that black nigger younder ruttin’ on my Magellan!” (Lee 173) The use of diction in this quote shows the author trying to set a serious but mocking tone towards Tom. This quote emphasizes Tom’s race when Mr. Ewell refers to him as “black nigger,” this shows Mr. Ewell as a racist because instead of using Tom’s name he refers to him by the color of his skin. Mr. Ewell also compares Tom to a beast when he uses the word “ruttin’” since this word usually applies to…

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  • Color Purple Change

    In The Color Purple by Alice Walker, there are characters that drastically change from the beginning to the end. One turns from insecure and timid, to standing up for herself. Another person begins abusive, mentally and physically, and selfish, to kind-hearted and selfless. The last woman does not first appear to be the most courteous and pleasant kind, yet she helps a friend become an independent and an assertive woman. This shows how someone can change for the better, although they may need…

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  • Femininity In The Color Purple

    As you read Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple you see the main character, Celie, “a terrorized and passive girl” (Lewis), grow as a person. She grows into a strong woman, whom can express her feelings. Weather that is her learning more about the world through her sister Nettie, or her trying to be strong like her step-daughter-in-law Sofia. But one thing I have noticed is that the book also explores her sexuality. Through the book Celie is sexually assaulted, raped, and abused throughout…

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  • The Color Purple

    There is a significant difference between being alive and living. A person’s quality of life is dependent on whether someone chooses to fight for the life they deserve, or if they simply choose to survive. Alice Walker uses this as a central theme in her book The Color Purple, and develops it through the main character, Celie. As a child, Celie was raped and abused by her stepfather, and was forced to marry a man she calls Mister, who turns out to be abusive. Her sister, Nettie, is the only…

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  • Patriarchy In The Color Purple

    The Color Purple is one of the most beloved novels of the twenty-first century. In it, author Alice Walker introduces her readers to a community of women, specifically protagonist, Celie and her sister Nettie, who suffer in the hands of men. The women are dehumanized by the misogynistic men in their lives, but eventually, they rise above the challenges the men throw at them and find themselves to be stronger and more beautiful than they ever were before. When the reader first meets Celie,…

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  • Sexism In The Color Purple

    Racism and sexism have been reoccurring issues from the start of time, especially in America. Protests, strikes, movements, deaths, and success have been a product of the fight to end these two social issues. Many pieces of literature have been published, specifically in America arguing for or against either of these causes. One of the most famous books written that considers both issues is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. In the incredible story, a girl named Celie endures a terrible life, but…

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  • The Color Purple Comparison

    The Color Purple was originally a novel written by Alice Walker in 1982. It was later adapted into a movie and a musical. The movie was about a fourteen year old African American girl growing up in Georgia in the 1930s. Her name was Celie and she was poor and uneducated. She conceived two children with a man named Alphonso whom Celie believed was her father. Alphonso abducted the children and gave them away. Celie and her younger sister Nettie learned that a man named Mister wanted to marry…

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  • The Color Purple Literary Analysis

    “When you read well, you hear how the parts work together. Once you can do that, you can create writing from parts to a whole you couldn’t imagine before.” The book The Color Purple, has a serious and honest tone throughout the book. The major characters of the story are Celie (narrator/ main character), Shug, Albert, Nettie, Sofia, and Harpo, and which the author finds a way to set the tone of the story. The writer sets up different views of each character and a little bit of background of…

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  • Personification In The Color Purple

    Letters 27-35 of The Color Purple Letter 27 Mr.____’s father referred to as Old Mr._____ comes to visit. Old Mr.____ questions Mr.____ housing Shug Avery and even asks Celie if she is okay with Shug staying. Much of the letter Celie writes of how Old Mr.____ thinks Shug is no good especially since he does not know who her father is. The next visitor to the house is Tobias Mr.____’s brother who with his visit allows Celie to being thinking about the world.Celie’s thinking brings in a concept of…

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  • The Color Purple Feminist Analysis

    the superior. The Color Purple highlight women’s struggle for survival in a society dominated by men. The Color Purple illustrates the neglect, and oppression of black women had to endure in the early 1900s. In the novel also portrays how women have to fight back against oppression to gain their independence. For Black women the quest for identity is…

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