The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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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.
Walker uses the power of female relationships to help express the gender roles throughout the novel. There are many instances throughout the novel where women talk to their friends about stories from their daily lives. T...
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