The Color Purple by Alice Walker

1192 Words Jan 28th, 2018 5 Pages
Crude language, brutality, and explicit detail chronicle the life of Celie, a young black woman exposed to southern society’s harshness. While immoral, the events and issues discussed in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple remain pervasive in today’s society. The Color Purple epitomizes the hardships that African Americans faced at the turn of the century in the south.
If each individual is given the right to express oneself, who has the right to brand a book unsuitable for society? Literature includes life’s details, thus, facilitating the reader’s ability to comprehend and perceive other’s lives and society. The Color Purple by Alice Walker, depicts the black culture, woman’s independence and friendship through brutal scenes narrated by an adolescent African American woman named Celie (Frankel). Perfectly depicting the restrictions of African American women within the social structure, The Color Purple should therefore not be banned.
Celie was born into an underprivileged family of African American farmers in the early twentieth century. Celie’s story is parallel to the post civil war era of the United States, educating the reader of the African Americans’ low position in society. Even though blacks were free from slavery, prejudiced Jim Crow Laws controlled them. When the characters were in public, they were forced…

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