Alice Walker 's View Of African Americans

1650 WordsApr 22, 20157 Pages
According to the National Parks Service Organization, in the twentieth century, Georgia contained violence towards the African Americans whom lived in the towns on the outskirts of Atlanta. Violence filled the streets, and even though Booker T. Washington attempted to spread the word of equality between Americans and African Americans, the life of an African American remained tough (“African American Experience”). However, Alice Walker’s view of African Americans were much different. Alice goes against the general audience of the 19th and 20th century by explaining African American women are strong, independent and equivalent to men. Alice Walker’s grandmother, a young African American whom had been raped by her father, gave birth to two children, and married even though she never loved her husband. Walker’s grandmother is the inspiration for Walker’s protagonist, Celie. Same as her grandmother, Celie is raped, gives birth to two children, and marries Albert. Walker explains, “ I liberated her from her own history” (Henderson). Alice Walker took realife evidence and spun it around to emphasize the importance of the voices of African Americans. Her main explanation for creating Celie is that she wanted her grandmother, other African American women, and Celie to have a voice and speak up against white and black men (Henderson). The Color Purple composed to all letters written to God and Nettie from Celie express the importance of all voices. Epistolary novels originally
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