Summary Of The Color Purple By Alice Walker

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Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence” -Alice Walker (Lewis n.pag) Walker is considered to an African American novelist, short story writers poet, essayist, and activist. Most of her literature are mostly from her personal experiences and are morale to numbers of African American all over the world. Walker defines herself as a “womanist” which means “The prophetic voice concerned about the well-being of the entire African American community, male and female, adults and children. Womanist theology attempts to help black women see, affirm, and have confidence in the importance of their experience and faith for determining the character of the Christian religion in the African American community. Womanist theology challenges…show more content…
(Muellero Vol.1) Her writing mainly reflects her concerns on multidimensional sympathy with racial, sexual, and the take in power of social & political issues among African American women 's struggle at her time. (Whitted n pag.) She justified that, “The black women is one of America’s greatest heroes Not enough credit has been given to the black women who has oppressed beyond recognition.” (Gerding Period.5) Walker throw back and reflects her opinion on her third novel that is widely known called The Color Purple. The novel traces the life of Celie, a poor Southern black woman who is physically and mentally abused by her step-father and husband. (Muellero Vol.1) In the youth age, Celie often got raped by her step-father causing to have two children, but the step-father sell the children away and her failed marriage husband, Albert who beats and torture her continuously. As the plot goes on, Celie meet Albert 's mistress, Shug. Shug helps Celie bring up all her courage to leave her marriage behind. At the end, Celie reunite with her children along with her long lost sister, Nettie. (Random “Summary of the color purple”) After the novel was published, Walker got both admiration and criticism about her work. Those who praise her like, Peter S. Prescott said, “The Color Purple" is an American novel of permanent importance, that rare sort of book which amounts to a…show more content…
The first volume of poetry, “Once” (1968) include works that was been written during her senior year in, Sarah Lawrence College. (Whitted n pag.) She was not afraid to discuss about abortion, rape, suicide, and the issues of the African American. (Harris n.pag) Some of the pieces are related to Walker experienced. In “Once”, it talks about an unwanted pregnancy during Walker 's senior year. It was not only the most sorrowful and stressful time for her, but also making the biggest decision which lead her to abortion. The second volume was the Revolutionary Petunias. She addressed the poem such topics like revolution, love, individualism. (Whitted n pag.) Being an activist and a teacher during the civil right movement had made a great impact on her work. Her most recent poems are mostly about love, hate, and suffering. In addition, her two volume of short stories, In Love and Trouble: Story of Black Women (1973) and You Can 't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories (1981), both shows the evidence of Walker 's kindhearted to the black African American and also evidence of calling herself a
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