Censorship In Alice Walker's The Color Purple

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Children are always being told what not to do. They are told: "do not touch that!" "Do not eat too much candy!" "Do not stay up too late!" So many things are off limits to them; however, being told not to read a book should not be one of them. Books should not be censored for children and young adults because in reality, life is not censored. One specific book that should not be censored, or challenged, is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It is challenged for exposing the gruesome truth of racism and abuse along with the use of profane language. Although these elements these elements are not positive topics, they are necessary to depict the reality of life in the early 1900s. The Color Purple teaches the reality about the mistreatment of African-Americans…show more content…
However, is it very difficult for the protagonist Celie to enjoy the small, positive signs she sees. About halfway through the novel, Shug Avery is introduced and transforms Celie's world. Shug is a spontaneous, careless, and independent woman who teaches Celie that she does not have to do everything everybody tells her to do, nor does she have to fulfill everybody's expectations. By focusing on herself, she is able to enjoy life more than before and be grateful of the little things she sees. Shug teaches Celie this one day by pointing out a purple flower. She states that beautiful things in nature are meant to be appreciated and taken notice of. She also adds that little things are put on earth by God intended for people to enjoy and as a result, be happy. This realization completely changes Celie's view on everyday things. In addition to Celie, this message is important for all people. Many people in today's world look at the negative side of every situation. It is very important to appreciate small, cheerful things because those are the things that improve rough days and brighten bad moods. In conclusion, The Color Purple teaches many lessons involving both the past and present. By banning this book, readers would miss out on a novel that illustrates the reality of life for African-Americans in the twentieth century and the significance of appreciating small gifts in life. Although
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