Criticism and Reflection of the Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Criticism and Reflection of the Color Purple by Alice Walker Criticized as a novel containing graphic violence, sexuality, sexism, and racism, The Color Purple was banned in several schools across the United States. Crude language and explicit detail chronicle the life of Celie, a young black woman subjected to society’s cruelties. Although immoral, the events and issues discussed in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple are prominent in today’s society, and must be public and conversed rather than unknown and silenced.

If each person is given the right to raise her voice, express herself, and tell her tale, who holds the authority to brand a book unfit for society? Literature encompasses the details of life thus, enabling the
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Itemized by fathers and husbands before meeting her friend Shug, Celie was unable to love and feared expressing herself. Open and uncompetitive, Celie and Shug’s relationship nurtures each character’s livelihood. Together the two express themselves simply by enjoying the other’s opinion and company “Us lay with our arms round each other. Sometimes Shug read the paper out loud. The news always sound crazy. People fussing and fighting …never even looking for no peace. People insane, say Shug. Yeah, I say but some things pleasant” (Walker 217). Sharing both physical and emotional love, the two characters explore each other’s emotions and develop feelings for one another. However, the current society fails to recognize the growth the characters undergo because they fail to accept that each character feels love for someone of the same gender. Lacking possessive qualities common to relationships with men, each woman pursues creativity. Enlivened by sense of self Shug awakens, Celie defies the time period’s restraints on gender by crafting pants anybody can wear “in every color and size under the sun.” (Walker 218) while it is said “only men spose to wear the pants.”(Walker 218) Merely a feature of female friendship estranged to current society, the characters’ physical love is compassionate but unaccepted by most of society.

Among the many arguments in favor of banning Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, the most contended is the novel’s brutal

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