Even though today 's society tries to be just, that does not always happen. Learning the past injustice that has happened can help structure the way todays world is but history can repeat itself. Rape, racism and many more acts of hate are still not dealt with just like back in the 1930 's where both of these novels took place. Both of these novels conversant one of the most egregious injustices; rape. Rape has always been erroneous. In The Color Purple the novel begins with Celie describing being raped by her father and no one knowing about it. She elucidate 's what was said and done to her “You gonna do what your mammy wouldn 't. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying you better shut up and get used to it. But I don 't …show more content…
Celie being violated growing up does not enjoy intercourse even with her husband. She said “Mr.__ clam on top of me, do his business, in ten minutes us both asleep (Walker,p.66).” Similarly, many females had there own views on men but mass women had a negative view. Miss Maudie stated her view by this comment “all men lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women (Lee, p.273).” Tom is a prime example that there was injustice to Negros as well during this time. Coloured men had stereotypes and unfair accusations against them from the white race. Tom was not a liar, nor immoral . Not all men were evil and caustic. Celie growing up around atrocious men, has the same salient view as Miss Maudie on men. Although there were many treatments of blacks that can be considered unjust, racism is the most recognizable and alive oppression. This was exceedingly frequent in two novels. Racism is inevitable, it has always been around. Racism has got better over time but it has not constantly been like this. Both novels substantiate this and bring enlightenment back to how racism was in the 1930 's. The caucasian race was superior during this time and more powerful. The caucasians knew they were superior, they had set views on the negro 's. Not all the whites preformed colossal acts against the negro 's, but even minor acts were to make the negro 's feel degraded. A
Alice Walker's rough life growing up, gives us a clear image of how her background impacted the delicate themes she writes about in her novels. For example, at a young age, Walker was insecure about her appearance, which led her to a new mental state of mind. In an interview of Alice by O'Brien, she describes, "I daydreamed of falling swords, putting guns to my heart or head, and of slashing my wrists." (O'Brien). Alice Walker's insecurities led her to be depressed, which then introduced her passion for writing. Alice Walker's history of depression may pinpoint the reason she started writing but moreover, what she started writing. Alice Walker writes about sensitive topics including racism, sexism religious views, and homosexuality. Many
The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a very controversial novel, which many people found to be very offensive. It is basically the struggle for one woman’s independence. The main character in The Color Purple is Celie a coloured woman with little or no education at all. She is one who has been used and abused by all the men in her life, and because of these men, she has very little courage or ambition in her life. She has so little courage, that all she wants to do is just survive. Through the various women she meets throughout here life like: Shug, her sister, and Harpo’s wife, she learns how to enjoy herself, gain courage and happiness. She finally learns enough and with the final straw she could no longer bare, she leaves her husband
There are numerous works of literature that recount a story- a story from which inspiration flourishes, providing a source of liberating motivation to its audience, or a story that simply aspires to touch the hearts and souls of all of those who read it. One of the most prevalent themes in historical types of these kinds of literature is racism. In America specifically, African Americans endured racism heavily, especially in the South, and did not gain equal rights until the 1960s. In her renowned book The Color Purple, Alice Walker narrates the journey of an African American woman, Celie Johnson (Harris), who experiences racism, sexism, and enduring hardships throughout the course of her life; nonetheless, through the help of friends and
Racism is a big part of this book. It shows the absurdity of what people thought back then, which is an important lesson. It is important for us to learn what people’s views used to be, and how important it is not to go back to that mindset.
In a dynamic scene near the end of the blockbuster The Color Purple, the character Shug Avery engages in a soul-stirring rendition of a gospel song called God Is Trying To Tell You Something. Shug Avery in The Color Purple could be described as a prodigal daughter Shug is portrayed as a woman of the world who loved to party, loved to dress, and loved to sports men. In the church scene near the end of the film, we see Shug performing in a "Juke Joint" owned by Harpo, the oldest son of Albert aka "Mister. The sound of the anointed song coming from the nearby church caused the band at Harpo's Juke Joint to stop playing. Shug was a force to stop and listen to the song coming from her father's church. As if God was telling Shug to finally change her ways and God telling her father to finally forgive and accept her. Then their lost relationship had been found as they embraced with tears of forgiveness. I love the part where she tells her father see daddy sinners have souls too. God was trying to tell several people something. At the end of the song, Albert finally does the right thing and takes steps to reunite Celie with her sister Nettie. The scene is one of the most powerful and touching moments in the movie. Such a wonderful scene, it seems to be a life changing moment for everyone in the movie.
The despicable hatred of African-Americans in the south was the main plot of each topic. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Bob Ewell showed extreme racism by calling Tom Robinson "boy" and using racial slurs throughout the court case (Lee 173). Moreover, his daughter, Mayella, adopts this racism. In addition, Tom Robinson was found guilty of a crime he did not commit because he was African-American. Likewise, Emmett was a victim of hatred and racism. He went to visit his family, not knowing how one should act in the south. A little act of whistling at a white woman led to his torture and murder. No one should be judged, let alone killed, based on their race and both topics look to end
Have many people have ever been in a situation where they are being hurt? In The Color Purple by Alice Walker, there is a girl named Celie. Celie gets sexually assaulted by a white male truck driver and his name is never revealed. The man impregnates Celie and eventually takes away her kids and sells them. Alice Walker uses events that take place that transforms the way Celie is in the beginning and end of the book in a positive way.
The books “Sula” by Toni Morrison and “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald are books based in the 1920’s. They are about life in that time seen from different perspectives upper white class (extremely wealthy) and of course the lower African American Class. It is obvious racism and discrimination were a crucial part of how society worked in America in this time. How blacks were separated from whites and looked down upon. How because of the color of their skin and race they were forced to live in poverty and denied equal opportunities that could help them prosper. Each book shows how different and sometimes similar the life of a white person was from a black person. Specifically each book although fictional demonstrate how someone can work extremely hard to change who they are and where they come from and not accomplish it.
In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Celie leads a life filled with abuse at the hands of the most important men in her life. As result of the women who surround and help her, Celie becomes stronger and overcomes the abuse she experienced. The three most influential women in Celie’s life are her sister Nettie, her daughter-in-law Sofia, and the singer Shug Avery. These are the women who lead Celie out of her shell and help her turn from a shy, withdrawn woman to someone who was free to speak her mind and lead her own independent life.
Alice Walker is a world renowned novelist, poet, short story author and political activist, with works including The Temples of my Familiar and In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. Yet Ms. Walker’s most critically acclaimed novel remains The Color Purple. The Color Purple tells the complex tale African American women, their brutal living conditions, everyday abuse, and their instinct to survive. The Color Purple was an immediate success due to its simple writing style, the intricate storyline, and compelling characters. In 1983 The Color Purple was recognized for these very reasons and graciously awarded The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction. Every year several Pulitzer Awards are handed out to distinguished
In The Color Purple, there were several themes such as Violence, Sexuality, Power, God or Spiritually. Power is a key role in this novel. Walker focuses throughout the novel that the ability to express someone’s thoughts and feelings is critical to developing a sense of self. Initially, Celie is truly unable to resist those who abuse her. Remembering Alphonso’s warning that she “better not never tell nobody but God” about him abusing her. , Celie knows that the only way to keep it is to remain silent and invisible. Celie is emphasize an object, an entirely accepting party who has no power to give herself through
Life is a rollercoaster filled with ups and downs. Left turns, right turns, and sometimes completely upside down loop de loops. The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a story about a colored woman named Celie who writes letters to God while living through extreme oppression and abuse. Celie eventually overcomes her oppressors by finding her purpose in life through friendship, love, hope, and change in faith. Discovering hope, love, and faith leads to a fulfilling life through difficult times.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a true testament to the oppression of women. The main character in the novel is affected by her physical surroundings, in the way of people, which ultimately construct who she is as a person. Celie, the main character, has a father who sexually mistreats her that leads to many of her psychological traits. Later, Celie’s husband abuses her and treats her as if she were less than a human being. Finally, Shug is the end of all things bad for Celie as at first she is a curse but in the end she is a gift. Physical surroundings afflicting this main character are ubiquitous throughout The Color Purple.
In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, she explores the thin grey line that stands between survival and living. Through her protagonist, Celie, she examines the dramatic shifts of empowerment; focusing on the young black girl in the 1850’s.