The Color Purple By Alice Walker

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I have chosen to analyze a novel written by an African American woman, Alice Walker, in 1982. Alice has written many novels, but I have focused on The Color Purple for this assignment. The novel won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was later turned into a movie and a musical. The Color Purple takes place primarily in Georgia, and is structured around the life of African-American women in the south during the early 1900s. The character that I will be focusing on is the main character, Celie, a young girl who suffers through poverty, rape and abuse from a very young age, but remains strong and steadfast throughout her life. It is this reason that I have chosen to apply Chapter 6 of The Sisters are Alright,…show more content…
Allowing for physical and emotional vulnerability is not weakness; it is humanness. More, it is the revolutionary act in the face of a society eager to mold black women into hard, unbreakable things." (Winfrey-Harris, "The Sisters are Alright")
In The Color Purple, Celie is an example of the hardships that many African American women did and still do endure. She comes from a poor family, where her (step)father rapes her and when she becomes pregnant her children are taken away from her. When her mother becomes ill, she is forced to raise her siblings. Her (step)father threatens her and tells her that she should tell "nobody but God" about what he has done to her, so she turns to writing letters to God, and it is the only place that she is allowed to show her pain and vulnerability.
"What scares me are the ways that racism, sexism, and societal neglect have scarred Black women; the dysfunctional ways we have learned to cope with oppression; and how we pass on those blemishes and brokenness to each other. Consider, for example, how we have collectively internalized the myth of superhuman Black female strength, using it to shame ourselves and each other for prioritizing our own health and well-being." (Winfrey-Harris, "Radical Black Care is the Revolution")
When Celie is given to Mr. her life does not improve. Mr. treats her poorly as well, treating her more as a slave than a

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