The Color Purple: Reflections Of Alice Walker

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Alice Walker grew up in rural Georgia in the mid 1900s as the daughter of two poor sharecroppers. Throughout her life, she has been forced to face and overcome demanding lessons of life. She transferred the struggles of her life into a book, that got her awarded a Pulitzer Prize and she became known as a world renowned author. The Color Purple is a compelling novel about redemption and revenge. The conflict between racism, sexism, and the power of strong female relationships is how Alice expressed her life and incorporated it into the story.

When she was 21 she worked at The Department of Welfare and only a year later she started working for the Legal Defense fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She took up depositions from African Americans that were removed from their homes because they had tried to register to vote. These hardships are played out in The Color Purple by the main character Celie. She writes to god about her daily life and tells about what she has to encounter on a daily basis. Celie is told that," Your daddy didn't know how to git along. Whitefolks lynch him. Too sad a story to tell pitiful little growing girls"(Walker. The Color Purple 181). Celie is based on a girl that lived way before Alice Walker was born. The story spans over 30 years from 1910to 1940. This is through the worst times of African Americans trying to escape what was left of slavery in the south.

Graduating High School, Alice was Valedictorian of her class, and she was an inspirational female author. She went above and beyond expectations or what most people thought she would be able to do. Not many females, especially African American, were thought to be able to do what men could. She plays this throug...

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... depict this awful way of life that was an African Americans daily life in the early 1900's. 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.

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Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Harcourt, 1992. Print.

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