Feminism In The Color Purple

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According to the Collins Dictionary, the term belittle is when you “speak of (something) as less valuable or important than it really is”. When evaluating the given definition, the word “something” is key to the topic that will be delivered. This is because “The color Purple” by Alice Walker exemplifies the time period between 1910-1940 in which the belittling of women was very common. The word “something” stands out because during this time period (1910-1940) women were treated as things and not human beings, which is why the definition given by the Collins Dictionary represents more completely the conduct usually men manifested. We can infer that belittling falls into the category of abuse, mainly because when you abuse of someone, either…show more content…
Now, even though women have proved that they are capable of fulfilling the same things men can, we still have a lot of men and women developing sexist thoughts against the female figure in its majority. Belittling of women is still present in society, the only difference now is that when this occurs women and men stay quiet, while in comparison to the novel it was something typical amongst men to gain respect. Maraima Oyola, is an example of a women who confronted constant belittling from her father to both her and her mother. Her father was an alcoholic who belittled his wife everyday as a part of his daily routine, both verbally and physically. He once tried to burn his children causing one of them to loose his voice for years. He treated his daughter, Moraima Oyola, as a waitress. One day she failed to perform a task he required effectively which resulted in a horrible outcome. She injured her arm cutting herself with glass and his father told her she was going to end up being nobody in life. This words were her motto of motivation to succeed and become a positive influence and inspiration in those who are surpassing difficult moments in life. Her story is one full of tragedy yet she manages to take those moments and use them as something positive. She was a…show more content…
For example, Celie developed a strong character and was now standing up for herself and Mr._______ now looked at Celie with other eyes and started to feel actual emotions towards her. In another case, Moraima Oyola took her situations as an experience for a positive outcome. Both had an alteration in their way of thinking and acting, which is why they are an example to other women. When receiving abuse of any kind women usually keep it to themselves because they fear things will get worst. Fortunately, in the society we are living today our laws protect us from this abuse. This is why my recommendation to women is to stand up and confront the situation, not necessarily with the abuser but with high forces that will ensure safety. No women nor men deserves to be disrespected or feel useless due to others. This is why I am a feminist, which according to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the
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