How Are the Two Female Protagonists Offred from “the Handmaid's Tale” by Magaret Atwood and Celie from “the Color Purple” by Alice Walker Oppressed by Men, in What Ways Are Their Situations Similar and How Do They Deal
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“How are the two female protagonists Offred from “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Magaret Atwood and Celie from “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker oppressed by men, in what ways are their situations similar and how do they deal with the pressure and abuse?”
The purpose of this essay is to look at how the two protagonist women, Offred from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Celie from “The Color Purple” are treated in literature. This essay aims to answer the question: “How are the two protagonist women Offred from “The handmaid’s tale” and Celie from “The Color Purple” oppressed by the circumstances, the society they live in and the men in their lives and in what ways are their situations are similar?”, focusing on the similarities between their…show more content… She is subservient and dependent to men, Celie must obey her husband and take care of his children and do the housework.
There are numerous scenes of violence throughout the first half of the novel, Celie is sexually abused by her father and Mr. ____. In one of her letters to God, Celie writes about her children. She writes that they were conceived through incest by her stepfather and killed thereafter. Nettie who is Celie’s sister comforts Celie and takes care of her by not judging her and offering her understanding. Because Celie is not allowed to go to school but has to work at home, Nettie teaches her what she is learning at school. In return, Celie agrees to take care of her.
Throughout the novel, Alice Walker takes the young girl on a journey of self-discovery, “ I feels like shit but I felt like shit before in my life (…) The first two months was hell though, I tell the world (…) And I try to teach my heart not to want nothing it cant have.” Celie also talks about her stepfather and how even though she had children from him, she does not hate him, “I don’t hate him (…) Look like he trying to make something out of himself. (…) When you talk to him now he really listen.” Celie realizes that people can change and she believes even her stepfather has changed and has become a better person, regardless of what he has done to her.
Celie escapes from her oppressive husband when she
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