In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the format of Celie’s narratives show great similarities with the slave narratives that were collected in the 1930’s. Celie shows resmeblances in the way the slaves talked about their situation. They were very timid about raising their voices. Celie, as many slaves were, did not express their true emotions because of the fear that they would be punished severely. Celie is a poor, Southern black girl.
Living a life in middle of the age of racism and misogynists Through various genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction Alice Walker exposes readers to the struggle of African- American women in the racist and misogynistic society of U.S. from 1960s to the 1990s. She faced many obstacles in her life time. Since young age she had to face the racist and misogynic world ,not jusr outside, but also inside her family there in where people hurt her both emotionally and physically. She lived under Jim Crow laws which banned black people from studying.. Alice became a writer after listening to her grandfather’s stories. In the age of 8 she started to wrote secretly.
Being so little and growing up in an abusive environment, Pecola does not truly know what it feels like to live in a safe home with lots of love and support. She blames that being ugly is the cause of her numerous problems and that if she were to have blue eyes it would solve them all. Pecola says “How do you do that? I mean how do you get someone to love you?” (Page 32). This shows that she is not loved by her mom or dad who should be the ones to love her the most and make her feel secure.
As Linda, she is worried about her husband's health, but instead of just watching she confronts him, acting behind his back, knowing that she ma... ... middle of paper ... ...who keeps it attached together but she is nothing without her husband. Nora is not of the family; she is more modern and independent, moreover her family is totally broken apart. In conclusion, we can see that nor Linda, nor Nora are happy with their situation. Linda is incapable of expressing herself and confronting her husband therefore her husband ends up dead. And Nora has never had real love and has always been living a lie, but she realises this too late, and now she has to reinvent herself.
She really emphasizes how tough times were for Celie through living in the racist south, having men that beat her and abused her, and how the power of female relationships especially family saved her from the terrible life she lived. Works Cited Sova, Dawn B. "The Color Purple." Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds, Revised Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006.
One of the couples, the wife cheat on her husband, but then she realizes that what she has done is unappropriated. However, she confirms her loved to her husband and she could not image her life without him and want to keep her family united. In society preconception about women cheating on their husband is inconsiderable and unacceptable. On the past is was a sin or even worst the life of women were the punishment of infidelity. On the other hand, the husband cheats on his wife who is in a trip with his sons, after the infidelity he communicates to his wife to stay longer if she wants.
Maud Martha is a story that illustrates the many issues that a young black girl faces while growing up in a ‘white, male driven’ society. One aspect of Martha that is strongly emphasized on the book is her low self-image and lack of self-esteem. Martha feels that she is inferior for several reasons, but it is mainly the social pressures that she faces and her own blackness that contribute to these feelings of inferiority. It is through these depictions that we are able to identify with the feelings of the writer. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote an autobiography that reveals many her attitudes, tendencies and criticisms.
Womanist ideals are based off the linkage of racism and sexism. Walker uses this link to help build up every aspect of oppression Celie faces. An example of this is when she links sexism and racism by having Nettie write to Celie about the Olinka people not educating females “like the white people at home” (Ogunyemi 70). She is showing how black women are not educated not only because of their race, but also because of their sex. Women of color face these unique issues because of the link, so problems never get fully solved (Hutchison 185).
African-American women had to deal with all the previously mentioned things, but they were women too! Females were oppressed almost as bad as the blacks. White women were not able to vote until the 1920. Therefore colored women had a double edged sword, they had to fight for freedom, but not be to dominate as to effect the men. Alice Walker's The Color Purple is a good example of colored women's plight.
Black female writers have become increasingly aware of the negative stereotyping and oppression suffered by black women. In an article entitled "Dear Black Man," Fran Sanders discussed the plight of the black woman in American society (73-79). According to Sanders, the black man is already seen and heard by society (73). The black woman, however, has been misrepresented throughout history by historians, novelists, and statisticians as a "castrating matriarch" (74). Sanders stated that black women have long been a "secondary consideration" in relation to other genders and races in society (74).