Analysis Of Alice Walker's The Color Purple

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A Day in the Life of an African American
What was life like for African Americans during the mid 1900’s? Alice Walker explores this question in her epistolary novel, The Color Purple. Alice Walker was an African American author and member of the Civil Rights Movement (Alice 1). Alice was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1944 and has been living 73 years (Alice 1). She wrote The Color Purple in 1982 (Alice 1). The Color Purple ventures into the life of Celie Johnson. Celie went through an excruciatingly painful childhood, being sexually assaulted by her father and husband. She never had a safe place to land or a family that she could depend on. Her sister Nettie was the only person who she thought she truly “loved.” Unfortunately, Nettie left her at an early age. Nettie wrote to Celie every chance possible, but Celie didn’t get any of the letters until it was discovered that her husband was hiding them from her. Celie never called her husband by his first name and referred to him as “Mr. _____.” Her life was a massive journey of self discovery, ending with her finally discovering who she was meant to be. The novel would not be as impactful if it were written by anyone other than Alice Walker because of her multicultural background.
A focus on multicultural America by novelist Alice Walker is an important read because it helps one learn how difficult life was for African Americans in the mid 1900’s. Most African Americans were not given a proper education which is evident in Celie’s dialect. Celie does not talk with proper grammar and tends to use the word “was” where “were” belongs. It is important to learn that African Americans sometimes talk this way in order for Americans to know what they are saying. African American literature gives the reader a chance to broaden his horizon. Knowing the perspective an African American during the mid 1900’s opens eyes to the horrible treatment that they were under (and still under). Celie was raped by two different people and treated unfairly by her loved and unloved ones. Today, most people do not know the harsh treatment that the African Americans were under. It is vital to be educated of this harsh treatment in order to see the impact it has on today’s society.
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