Essay about Alice Walker's The Color Purple

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Alice Walker's The Color Purple

Alice Walkers ‘The colour purple’ was largely based in a black community in the deep south of America, in between the end of the nineteenth century and the Second World War. It has been described as a rendition of her own life, thus far, I am none the wiser.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, slavery had long been abolished in America, but old habits die hard, especially in the deep south of America-where barely any politicians would set foot-, the black community was still plagued by the white man’s retained mannerism, although the black community had won a civil rights campaign to be considered equal to the white man, to many people the civil rights act was of no consequence, the
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The white community is portrayed by the author to be a brutal and fearful part of town. There are many references within the novel which relate to the Black mans fear and distrust of the white community, when Celie goes to town with Mr____, he leaves her on the wagon while he goes to the dry goods store (letter10), this is the letter in which
Celie thinks she meets her daughter, near the end when she and
Pauline’s mother are alone in the street, Pauline’s mother starts to panic and get upset when her husbands wagon is not in sight, this shows the reader that there is unrest still when in the street, or in a public place for a black person, it also shows that the white man still intimidates, this also shows that the white man still thought he remained superior to the black man in social standing, Alice Walker touches on this quite often within the novel, her representation is based on common knowledge, and her own experience of the prejudice against her and her people.

Apart from the racial inequality due to the mindset of the white man, there does seem to be some sense of agreement between the white man in some respects, in letter 8, Pa is talking to Celie ant Netty about
Celie’s education, he never looks up from cleaning his gun, until
‘Pretty soon a bunch of white mens come walking cross the yard’, when he abruptly stands up and walks off to join them, ‘They have guns too’, this is almost quiet unity between
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