The Color Purple is written in the form of letters that Celie narrates explaining the events that took place at certain points in her life. Celie endures physical and emotional abuse by some of the people around her including her own family. But in the end Celie finds a new and fulfilling life through relationships with her sister and good friends. The novel explores the idea that domestic violence is a trait that is passed on from generation to generation but can be unlearned. Domestic Violence was one of the most important and most critical topics that were explained in The Color Purple.
During Trethewey’s freshman year, her mother was murdered by her stepfather and she works through her grief by writing poetry (Wilson). In her poem, “What is Evidence”, Natasha Trethewey expresses her feelings of her mother being physically abused and murdered by her stepfather through irony, figurative language, and diction. Natasha Trethewey uses irony in her poem by listing things and saying they are not evidence of abuse even though clearly they are. Natasha talks about her childhood looking normal from an outsiders view “The Nation’s Poet” by Rosalind Bentley, “The truth is that Natasha’s stepfather is beating her mother and psychologically abusing Natasha. Gwen [her mother] goes to work some days with bruises on her face.” The title “What is Evidence” asks a question and within the first line, Trethewey ironically answers with one of the most basic proof of physical abuse, “Not the fleeting bruises she’d cover/with makeup,” (1-2).
(Lupton 24).during her stay at her grandmothers Maya is raped by her mothers boyfriend Mr. freeman who warns her to be silent or he will kill her brother bailey . after the trial freeman dies after being violent beaten ,presumably by Mayas unless. Maya indeed silent mute she cannot will speak. The silent Maya is returned to momma Henderson though reaming speech less for five years until she recovers her voice through patient help of her grandmother's friend Mrs. bertha flowers. (Lupton 52).
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Walker demonstrates through her writings that the oppression of Black women is both internal and external. Like most of the characters in her novels, Walker is a product of her racist, rural, Southern environment in which the rural Black woman faces oppression at every turn. Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1944 at the beginning of the Civil Rights Era (Whitted). Walker faced segregation and discrimination while growing up in one of the most notoriously racist Southern states of the 19th and 20th centuries. She ... ... middle of paper ... ...27 Aug. 2013.
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