The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Alice Walker’s realistic novel, The Color Purple revolves around many concerns that both African American men and women faced in an era, where numerous concerns of discrimination were raised. Religious and gender issues are confronted by the main characters which drive the plot and paint a clear image of what life may possibly have been like inside an African American home. Difficulties were faced by each and every character specifically Celie and Nettie who suffered heavy discrimination throughout the novel at the hands of males. These traumatising circumstances develop the characters not only emotionally but spiritually. Walker creates a wonderfully literal novel which passionately addresses issues that were evident during the age of inequality. Due to the unique writing style, captivating female character developments and spiritual nature the author has successfully created an honest and authentic novel representing life as an African American woman.
Alice Walker’s writing style in the novel The Color Purple is a series of letters which delivers a genuine and authentic approach from the Jim Crow era. The 1983 novel is written in first person “Dear God, I am fourteen years old” (page 3) which allows the reader to develop an insight into how females were treated. Walker has used family heritage as inspiration for the novel specifically drawing links from her grandmother’s generation during which patriarchy was extremely common. She wrote in a manner where factual slang

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