The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a confessional novel in which the main character Celie tells her story throughout a series of letters she writes to God. Celie is a poor black woman who lives in Georgia in the 1930s. Walker uses Celie’s voice to tell the history of black women during that time. She is a victim of racism, and sexism throughout the novel and these are the major themes of the novel. The author emphasizes the role gender plays in the lives of the characters. Employing the gender roles of the characters daily lives through the theme of important female relationships and the power that is derived from these relationships. Walker uses many different ways to show that gender is a vital aspect of the novel and takes the traditional gender roles of the time and breaks the through the norms of the time with diverse characters like Shug, Sophia, and Harpo.
The Color Purple is a 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Alice Walker that tells the story of an African American woman living in the rural south during the first half of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the novel the main protagonist, Celie, is introduced as an emotionally scarred young girl but by the book’s end she is an independent, strong, and happy woman. Although the critics agree to disagree about many aspects of this novel one thing is clear, The Color Purple affirms “It’s not about supplication it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power; it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” (Crenshaw) The Color Purple is a prime example of the resiliency of the black woman.
Realism is often portrayed by writers such as Alice Walker. Her poems, essays, short stories, and novels portray her views on feminism and civil rights while giving a realist approach that has provoked readers for many years. Her horrific and brutally honest writing style made the world see a different view of minority women and allowed her to receive the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple (“Alice Walker”). She lived a life of poverty and racial discrimination, which led her to become an opinionated feminist. Walker’s realistic writing style portrays her obscure upbringing and her feminist opinions; in her work The Color Purple, she shows the aspects of growing up as a minority woman and the frequency of racial discrimination.
Alice Walker is the pride of African Americans, who are considered as the most suppressed community within United States. She was born on 9th February 1944 in Georgia. She started her career as a social worker activist, followed by teaching and writer. She has secured many awards for her unprecedented works. The third novel of Alice Walker “The Color Purple” was published in 1982, which gave the real flight to her publications; as she received massive credits from around the world. Her works basically include short stories, novels and essays that are always evidently centered on the struggles and adversities of black women particularly in United States. Walker uses the writing as her standard to spread her voice and to process experiences of
In her short story “Everyday Use”, Alice Walker portrays an African American family. In that family, there were the mother, her elder daughter who does
Best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, Alice Walker portrays black women struggling for sexual as well as racial equality and emerging as strong, creative individuals. Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth child of Willie Lee and Minnie Grant Walker. When Walker was eight, her right eye was injured by one of her brothers, resulting in permanent damage to her eye and facial disfigurement that isolated her as a child. This is where her feminine point of view first emerged in a household where girls were forced to do the domestic chores unaided by the brothers. Throughout her writing career, Alice Walker has been involved in the black movement and displays strong feelings towards the respect black women get.
Alice Walker as a novelist, poet, short story writer, activist and feminist has built a well-known reputation worldwide. In her short story Everyday Use it is one of her popular and wonderful short stories in which she addresses the predicament of African and Americans who were struggling to define their personal identities in cultural terms. The story goes around some issues of heritage which construct a conflict between the characters of the story, each with different point of views. Walker's use of symbol of "quilt" and the difference of understanding the legacy of family, between Mama and Maggi with Dee, creates a
The Color Purple, written by Alice Walker, is a very heavy book to read. The author focuses on very difficult and hard aspects of the life of a poor, African American women, in the early twentieth century. Alice Walker truly shows that no one is exempt from the possibility of a happy life and a conscious connection to oneself and all that is around her in nature, regardless of the trials and tribulations of their past.
An interesting thing about Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” is the fact that it seems to be told from the Mama’s eyes, rather than from one of the, arguably, main characters. This only allows the reader to see Mama’s bias in the entire situation. Because of this bias between her children, the reader can see the stark contrast of the two sisters. Alice tries to portray the importance of embracing heritage and the vulgarity of disregarding the purpose of things for one’s own pleasure.
Tate, Claudia C. "'Everyday Use' by Alice Walker." African American Review 30.2 (1996): 308+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Feb. 2014.
Walker, Alice. Everyday Uses-Notes. N.p.: Gale Cengage, 2002. Print. There are moments in our life when we need help and alive wrote some words on the meaning of the story.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. Harcourt Bruce Jovanovich, Publishers. New York, San Diego, London, 1992
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker in 1982 and later made into a movie in 1985 directed by Steven Speilburg tells the story of a young women of color named Celie who endured countless hardships in the time period of racial discrimination and sexism. Celies character also portrays an hideous, deprived girl who was lacking self-confidence. She is mortified of who she is, and there is no one to take note or who will be able understand to her with the exception of God. Celie hopes God will provide her the answers she desires to identify her life. "I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can giv...