The nonfiction novel, Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell is a fascinating journey of students in an urban city. When she, the new teacher enters a high school with underprivileged students and unsuccessful teachers, everyone underestimates her ability to stick to the job. However, they are all dumbfounded as they watch and experience the journey Ms. Gruwell takes her students on. First, in the beginning of the novel, Gruwell explains to readers how she began as a student teacher, (a very naive one) and had a rude awakening when she realized how much one’s culture and area can impact their lives. From there, the story keeps coming back to that one point. For example, a flashback reveals that Gruwell was shocked at the amount of information teenagers lacked in a rural area. A racist drawing had been passed
The Oppression of Women Rosa Parks once said, “There is just so much hurt, disappointment, and oppression one can take... The line between reason and madness grows thinner.” Literature often reflects such oppression and how it can lead to despair in the characters’ lives. For example, the lives of Jane in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour,” and Miss Emily in “A Rose for Emily,” prove that an overwhelming amount of oppression can affect a person’s mental state.
Try to think from a different perspective, try to imagine a life other than one’s own, try to achieve the impossible. The process of understanding life from a different perspective provides one of the greatest challenges; however, if one can accomplish the feat one is equipped with empathy, compassion, and an integrity that will carry them towards a successful life. Therefore, becoming a connoisseur of literature that forces the broadening of one’s horizons is an imperative step to appreciating and exploring one’s situation. Three works of writing that deeply delve into the lives of African Americans during the period approaching and succeeding the Civil Rights Movement are A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, Devil in a Blue Dress by
The Color Purple by Alice Walker should be kept in school libraries because it conveys the importance of family, shows examples of overcoming hardship and discusses serious topics such as rape and death. The Color Purple is an inspiring, beautiful, and powerful read for teens. The Color Purple is important for teens to read because its most prominent theme is how family sticks together through thick and thin, and it talks about the value of it as well. Within the first 20 pages of the book, Celie is separated from her sister, Nettie.
In addition to, the theory above is accurately portrayed in The Color Purple, which was written by Alice Walker in 1982. The protagonist of the novel, whose name is Miss Celie, ongoingly, struggles with self acceptance, after being neglected and abused
Introduction The Color Purple is a novel written by an American author Alice Walker and was published in 1982. It won numerous awards in literature and film as it had many musical, film and radio adaptations, particularly the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It primarily involves the subject of feminism and addresses issues in sexism and racism in the early 20th century in the United States. The story is all about a girl named Celie, a black woman who lives in the Southern part of US.
Nearly 50% of both men and women in the United States of America have experienced some kind of abuse in their lifetime. Verbal, physical, and sexual abuse are very prominent throughout the novel, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. Abuse is not only common in the book, but it is also a major issue in the United States and around the world. Verbal abuse is a fairly large part of The Color Purple. Celie tells Mister that she is leaving him to go to Memphis with Shug Avery.
Throughout history, individuals have shown a trend in escaping situations in which they were in captivity. Similarly, this trend hold true in literature, as well. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple exemplifies this idea, as her protagonist, Celie, escapes from an abusive relationship by the end of the novel. Furthermore, Ayn Rand’s Anthem conveys the same message, for the main character of the novel, Equality 7-2521, eventually leaves the oppressive society in which he grew up.
It wasn’t until 2013, the summer before I started high school, that I truly discovered how much literature can impact your life, views, and feelings. The novel the Glass castle by Jeannette Walls taught me about empathy, hard work, and family. The day my grandmother presented me with a little white book, titled the glass castle I had no interest in reading it. It was different than the books I usually read, it wasn’t a fiction book it was a memoir.
I also learned that not only women were oppressed during the time period of African Americans living as slaves but also men as well. As Celie is writing to God not only does she write to him in order to know what’s going on with her but she also writes to those letters to figure out who she is as she has experienced abuse from her father and Mr. ______. In the book, “Modern Critical Interpretations The Color Purple”, I learned that this novel was also used toward the fight for feminism not only for the colored people but also for the white women for everyone are considered a women who were female to gain the equality for them as well as men. (pg.137).
The movie does not exactly enlighten all the issues that adolescents are going through, but it provides a story of a boy who overcame the things that were holding him back. This movie can be used as a motivation for others who are dealing with similar situations. Conclusion Adolescents experience a large amount of change including puberty, high school, and romantic relationships.
For example, Celie becomes socially, economically and spiritually free, she sins love, dignity, and respect. This paper has analyzed how the characters in The Color Purple arouse their self-consciousness, through sisterhood and encouragement, love and help from their partners. The author demonstrates how the characters escape degradation caused by mistreatment by men and finally win dignity. The paper recognizes that Celie utilizes sisterhood to gain liberation, sexual identity independence, and freedom. Works Cited Thyreen, Jeannine. "
INTRODUCTION For the purpose of this assignment I have selected the film Freedom Writers (2007). As a teacher in a post-primary DEIS school, this film was of particular interest to me for its high-school setting and the disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds of the students. Freedom Writers is a movie adaptation of Erin Gruwell’s non-fiction book Freedom Writers Diary: How a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them (1999). The film follows Erin Gruwell, a newly qualified and enthusiastic English teacher, as she navigates her way through school politics, prejudice, racism and personal circumstance to help a group of at-risk teens to fulfill their potential.
It is a novel which can be read crossing all the cultural boundaries, as bell hooks praises “it is truly popular work-a book of people-a work that has many different meanings for many different readers.” (454) The color ‘purple’ teaches the world of women that they have endless potentiality not only to the black women but to all women who get ready to fight for their
The letters gave her the knowledge of the existence of other ways of being and led to the process of liberation and identity formation. By doing so, Alice Walker re-writes the archetypical rape narrative of Philomela through an alternative language methodology of swing and patchwork. She gives a strong voice to Philomela through Celie’s metamorphosis – a transition from being a silent victim of patriarchal designs to becoming a powerful narratorial presence. Celie is the author and subject of her own story. Alice Walker also offers a crucial intertwining of private and public in The Color Purple.