Analysis Of ' The Biggest Challenges '

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One of the biggest challenges Celie faces throughout this novel is learning how to deal with long-held societal beliefs. As she was growing up, she accepted the harsh treatment she received from men because she lacked anything to compare her own situation to. Karla Kovalova comes to the realization that “Celie is initially portrayed as a victim whose womanhood as well as subjectivity has been denied to her” (2). During this time period, women were viewed to be of lesser importance than men and few women questioned this hierarchy for fear of repercussion, accepting the fact that they were viewed to have been put on earth solely to cater to man’s every wish. Children learned this by observing the interactions of the adults around them, and Celie’s stepchildren are no exception. Harpo clearly demonstrates what he has learned from his father’s behavior when his aunt confronts him about not helping Celie carry the water: “Harpo, don’t let Celie be the one bring in all the water. You a big boy now. Time for you to help out some. Women work, he say. What? She say. Women work. I’m a man. You’re a trifling nigger, she say. You git that bucket and bring it back full” (Walker 21). Harpo internalized the belief that women were a weaker race by watching his father’s treatment of Celie. Celie tended to all the household needs, any needs of the children, and whatever Mr. _____ said, all while Mr. ______ enjoyed himself. Sexual inequality is an ongoing stumbling block for

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