Through life we encounter strong females in our lives and also encounter strong males. In Alice Walker’s life, her mother was a strong independent woman who brought in the majority of income for her family. While Alice Walker’s mother was an influential provider to the family, her father struggled to support and take care of his family. During the 1960s women bringing in income and providing for their families were becoming popular. Alice Walker brought the strong female roles and the weak male role into play in her two novels The Color Purple and Meridian. Walker depicts strong and weak female characters, strong and weak male characters, and female characters that overcome their oppressions in The Color Purple and Meridian.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Shug Avery, in The Color Purple was looked up to for being beautiful. Celie, one of the main characters looked up to Shug Avery for being such a beautiful and inspirational person. Celie thought of Shug as, “The most beautiful women I ever saw. She more pretty then my mama. She bout ten thousand times more prettier than me. I dream of Shug Avery. She be dressed to kill, whirling and laughing” (Walker 6). Although Celie thought so highly of Shug, Mr.____ states, “Just what is it about this Shug Avery. She black as tar, she nappy headed. She got legs like baseball bats” (Walker 54). Shug’s beauty was uplifting and comforting to Celie while her beauty seemed to not impress Mr.___ and Old Mr.___. Shug was independent and she was everything Celie wanted to be. Mr.___ usually had something negative about her “bright black skin in her tight red dress, her feet in little sassy red shoes.” His response to her apparel was, “My wife c...
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...rican Americans to travel, “Truman loved all the foreign cultures of the world, but his favorite was French” (Walker 99). I think it is unique that Truman was such an influential and inspiring character. Truman is different than any other male character that Alice Walker has written about but he compares to Shug Avery from The Color Purple.
Alice Walker clearly stated weak female characters, strong female characters, weak male characters, and strong male character in her novels The Color Purple and Meridian. With all of these different types of characters, Walker is showing that everyone is human. Each of the characters made a mistake or had a flaw. As human beings, each of us has flaws. By showing these characters it compares to her life of having a strong mother that provided sole income for her family and a father that struggled being a support system.
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- Alice Walker was “born in Eatonton, Georgia, on February 9, 1944, she was the youngest of the eight children…”(Source 8) Alice and her Father, Willie Grant, “… at first [had a] strong and valuable [relationship]…”(Source 10), then when she joined the Civil Rights and feminist movements their relationship became tense. “Walker attended segregated schools…”(Source 7) when she was younger and “…she recalled that she had terrific teachers who encouraged her to believe that the world she was reaching for actually existed.”(Source 7).... [tags: color purple, racism, sexism]
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