The Color Purple by Alice Walker Essay examples

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Living a life in middle of the age of racism and misogynists
Through various genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction Alice Walker exposes readers
to the struggle of African- American women in the racist and misogynistic society of U.S. from
1960s to the 1990s. She faced many obstacles in her life time. Since young age she had to face
the racist and misogynic world ,not jusr outside, but also inside her family there in where people
hurt her both emotionally and physically. She lived under Jim Crow laws which banned black
people from studying.. Alice became a writer after listening to her grandfather’s stories. In the
age of 8 she started to wrote secretly. She got injured in the eye by a BB gun accidentally by one
of her brothers. Even though she was hurt, she still protected her brother from her parents’ anger
and since they were poor and had no car, they couldn’t reach a doctor immediately. A week later
when they reached a doctor a layer of scar tissue had formed on her eye which destroyed her self
steam . It was after that when she started to read and write passionately.
Alice Walker’s poetry explores various types of issues. The poems were another source
to discover how much pain and sorrow she had faced during her life time. Alice Walker wrote
her first poetry book at her senior year at Sarah Lawrence. In her poets, she negotiates the life
she had been living in including: her love life, her family, and her pain and sorrow. She wrote…