Review Of Alice Walker's Novel 'The Color Purple'

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A Struggling Society
In today’s society, much hasn’t changed. With all this new technology, you’d expect us to develop ourselves too. However, we will always have certain aspects that we’ll never be able to get rid off. By examining Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple, one can see that arrogance, selfishness, and racism are human traits which will condemn our society. These traits illustrate a destructive element in mankind in the society of the story.

Being arrogant is one of the few traits a human may possess, that will eventually result in society to fall apart. To be arrogant is to be unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than other people. In Alice Walker’s The Color Purple portrays a character
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A racist is someone who believes that other races are not as good as their own and therefore treats them unfairly. Sofia, a black woman who isn’t afraid of society’s rules or expectations, claims that she will fight to the death for her rights as a person if she needs to. In this case, she sasses the mayor’s wife, gaining consequences. This can be illustrated when Celie states, “All your children look so clean, she say, would you like to work for me, be my maid? Sofia say, Hell no … Mayor look at Sofia, push his wife out the way, stick out his chest. Girl what you say to Miss Millie? Sofia say, Hell no. He slap her. (Walker 85). After this, Sofia is nearly being beaten to death and then dragged off to jail. As a black woman, white people, like the mayor, and his wife, assume that it’s a great honor to be a white lady’s housemaid. It is soul-crushing for Sofia to be defenseless and demoralized in public for refusing to place herself in a degrading position. As a result, the white mayor and police beat her in order to reassert their racial dominance. One can see by examining the actions of the mayor, that racism will be a result of the condemnation of society.

In conclusion, one can see by examining the traits in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, arrogance, selfishness and racism, that this will condemn our society. There are many reasons why societies

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