Analysis Of Alice Walker's The Color Purple

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Thriving or Surviving: An In Depth look at Alice Walker's The Color Purple One might think that a childhood of sexual violence, emotional abuse, and rape would make a character dark and embittered; however, in Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the author explores the thin gray line that stands between surviving and thriving. Manipulating her characters so that they are constantly crossing the line back and forth. It is her protagonist, Celie, who imbues the reader with a pondering of the human condition, allowing for an introspective look at empowerment. Framing this bildungsroman in the form of letters, Walker’s dramatic shifts reveal the religious and sexual bondage the protagonist is chained to. In this novel, Walker uses the pain, sorrow, and abuse of Celie to demonstrate the constant struggle that is waged between surviving and thriving in every shift of her life.
While Celie’s childhood remains an abusive saga, one will find an undying sense of optimism.Walker explores Celie’s childhood which is lived primarily in survival mode. Celie’s brutal upbringing gives her a maternal authority, as the reader continuously sees the absence and resentment from her mother “And now I feels sick every time I be the one to cook. Mama always fussing at me and looking at me” (Walker, 1). A rape scene is used to open the book, which reveals that Celie has been impregnated by her father. While the main character is unaware of her condition, her mother is completely aware. As Martha J.
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