This is shown in the way Celie did not receive the education she deserved but mainly it is shown through the fact that Celie never knew about the man she calls her ‘father’ not truly being her father. The fact that Celie does not know this vital information symbolizes that women are kept in the dark. Throughout the novel, Walker uses the image of the church to contradict the hope Celie gets from God. In the novel, we learn that Celie was beaten by her ‘father’ because according to him, she winked at a boy in church. We also learn that Mr ___’s late wife was killed as she was stepping out of church thus the church is unable to protect women who look up to God to help them endure the abuse they suffer through.
Family Through According to Alice Walker Alice Walker had a lot to say about family in her book, The Color Purple, in this book family had loose conditions and was often inter tangled. Celie’s friends and family were remarkably confusing and complicated at times, because many people were sleeping with people they were not married to and that was married to their friends. However, no family is perfect, so why would this one be, in the end it was all Celie and everybody else really needed. Family is shown throughout this book as the people who stick with a person, a biological relative, and these people in turn contribute to Celie’s development as a character. Family according to Alice Walker is many things, one of which is the person or people who stick with an individual through the good times and the bad times.
She doesn’t have anyone to love her and she doesn’t love any one. Had Celie not been sold into marriage, she would probably still be at home getting raped by her “father” and we wouldn’t know Sofia or Harpo in the story. All of the tribulations of Celie’s childhood show how life was back then for some families. The tragedies of her childhood shaped the meaning of this work as a whole tremendously. She survived being raped by her own father, becoming impregnated twice, and being sold off into marriage as if she were worthless .
Marissa Miranda Professor Bronstein English 1A 9:15 am -11:20 am Beauty In “Beauty,” Alice Walker discusses the differences and perceptions of beauty and how beauty is valued. Walker uses her article -her life journey as an example of how beauty changes based on how it is perceived. She talks about her child image, the accident, her and her family’s reactions, the desert she was able to see, and how her daughter freed her. She uses the metaphor of the world in her eye in order to redefine what society sees as beautiful in her article. She also uses a snapshot effect to present her life in order for the reader to see how her understanding of beauty changed from her carefree childhood to learning to cope with her disability.
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple depicts the difficult life of Celie as she struggles to find happiness in her life. Walker presents a clear pro-feminist message through Celie’s misery as she sticks to female stereotypes, Shug’s steady happiness while refuses to conform to female stereotypes, and Celie being rewarded when she defies typical stereotypes for women. Abiding by female stereotypes, Celie lacks joy and positivity in her life, contributing to Walker’s message of pro-feminism. While talking to Celie, Harpo’s wife, Sofia, tells Celie “‘you remind me of my mama… she under my daddy foot. Anything he say, goes… she never stand up for herself’” (Walker 41), to which Celie shrugs her shoulders and responds “‘he my husband… This life soon
Walker depicts how his wife’s community has excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and clean parks. Despite having a nice community, Walker’s wife still faces racism. For example, people in her community would sometime indirectly discriminate others due to their race: “the stares and snickers her parents faced in restaurants; how her brother was routinely followed by mall security; how her sister had trouble getting a date for prom”(194). Since Walker’s wife comes from a passive community, it explains why she has a passive tone towards disputes, even it is connected to race. In comparison to Walker’s experience, Walker defines that his wife’s challenges as “relatively benign”(194), which means Walker implies that his wife’s situation is easier to deal with.
The Black woman fight against oppression or cruelty, not only because of race, but they did because of her gender. Also, slavery created a very bad view for black women because many of them are slavery and many white people try to against them. Walker’s novels talk about the psychology of a Black woman under the Western social order, touch on the “exoticism of Black women” and challenge stereotype molded by the white men in power (Bobo). The quote indicates that white men have more power than black men, and white men usually against them and they wanted to attack
Speaker: Alice Walker writes in a first person point of view. The speaker is a single mother who “never had an education” (Walker 49). She is a minority, and accepts the lower status: “Who can even imagine me looking a strange white man in in the eye?” (48). The mother refuses to challenge the people society deem as better than her. Occasion: Alice Walker writes the story to draw attention to the mindset of the minorities.
When Fitzgerald introduces Lorraine and Duncan, he characterizes them as “ghosts out of the past” (Fitzgerald 217). The words “ghost” and “haunt” are used to describe how the memories impact Charlie. While Charlie is trying to turn his life around, his memories slow him down. For example, when Lorraine asks for Charlie’s address, “he hesitated, unwilling to give the name of his hotel” (Fitzgerald 217). Here, the walking memory, Lorraine, serves as a secondary conflict for Charlie.
Sex and Rape as a Dominant Themes in the Novels Sex is discovered to be one of the main theme in both the books where the male characters are lustful and incestuous. When they get chances outside, they use females and they don't leave their own little girls. In the novel, The Color Purple when Celie's mom is gone to counsel a specialist for her ailment, her dad assaults him saying, “―You gonna do what your mammy wouldn't”. Not long after because of her sickness, Celie's mom dies and Alfonso assaults and rapes Celie more frequently. Celie thinks that her beastly father has killed her two kids but in reality he has sold them in the slave market.