“Lemonade” is Beyonce 's call for the liberation of Black women. By using her platform, she was thinking beyond herself when producing her album, she was connecting her pain to the millions of other Black women. In order to heal from the betrayal she faced from her husband, she had to cope with other issues that define what she is in society’s eyes as a Black woman. Throughout history, women had to fight to have a voice. There was a point in time where men were the only head of the households and women are just to accept whatever the man thought was right.Yet as time progresses, gender roles are slowly fading and women are breaking barriers to
‘The Colour Purple’, published in 1982, was written by Alice Walker and demonstrates the brutal treatment of black women within the early 20th century. During this time, there was much oppression, particularly for black women. They were mistreated purely because of their colour and gender. The form and content of the novel can be viewed as a slave narrative that reflects the struggle for one woman’s independence. Female independence and freedom from the patriarchal society are topics that many feminist literary theorists tend to explore, particularly those that belonged to the third wave of feminist writing.
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. It tells about how Celie’s life became a very hard one because she had undergone severe maltreatment, abuse and sorrows which started on her adolescent years until her married life.
Morrison 's first novel " the bluest eye", is a novel about a victimized black girl who becomes maniac by white standards of beauty and wild about having blue eyes. It tells the story of a young African-American who believes her incredibly difficult life would get better if only she acquires blue eyes. This research paper will discuss anger trough characters, plot, symbols and narration to shed a spot on struggling against the black society 's idealization of white beauty standards. Firstly, the central theme of Morrison 's novel is the black American anger in an unjust society. Her characters struggle to find themselves and their cultural identity.
Alice walker created the splash in the literary world because of his womanist concept in her epistolary novel The Color Purple in 1982. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her fiction in 1982. And she was the first black woman to won this prize. Many women writers during 1970’s and 80’s like Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Toni Code Bambara, Walker, Joyce Carol Thomas, Audre Lordes and Paul Marshal talk about how black women’s lives were affected by sexism and racism. Their writings were like bulwarks against social taboos.
Throughout the novel Toni Morrison takes us on Pecola 's journey to self-destruction because she lives in world that doesn 't find her beautiful or even worth to be looked at. The novel tells not only the story of Pecola but the story of the whole black community that unable to conform to white standards of beauty are condemned to sink into a pit of darkness. In this paper I will discuss how beauty is constructed in The Bluest Eye. Beauty is one of the main topics in The Bluest Eye and its importance relies on the fact that this is a novel about finding self-identity, but most of the characters from the novel search for their own identity in others. They value beauty over other things such as intelligence because they live in a society in which beauty is constructed in a way that they associate it with being loved and approved by others and as I just said they establish their self-worth based on how others perceive them.
The Color Purple Introduction The Color Purple was written by an American author Alice Walker and was published in 1982. It won numerous awards in literature and film. It also had musical and radio adaptations. The story is all about Celie, who is a black woman and it was taken place in Southern United States. Celie’s life became a very hard one, for she had undergone severe maltreatment and sorrows which started on her adolescent years until her married life.
The Color Purple unfolds the panorama of black female reality of neo- slavery period that takes shape in the smithy of black male brutality towards black females, racial/ patriarchal oppression and misogynist assumptions. The novel focuses on the process of the self-discovery of an unlettered black southern woman. It traces the gradual growth of her radicalization and empowerment through female bonding, education and self-employment. The black feminist analysis reveals how black female radicalism, embracing of womanism, exploration of black heritage and resultant self- determination bring to fruition Celie’s quest for identity and history. Celie succeeds in her quest for identity and history by developing an understanding of her roots and heritage and acquiring the awareness that she has a right to happiness, passion, creativity and emotional fulfilment.
More recently, the awarded Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has also focused mainly on women’s issues and has been regarded as a feminist writer. In “The Handmaid’s Tale”, published in 1986 Margaret Atwood portrays a strongly feminist view of a dystopian society, in which women have been deprived of all their rights. Both of these writers are representatives of the female feminist writers who have let their footprint in our literary history, and each of them expressed her concerns on women’s rights according to the time they were living in. In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (1929) emphasizes the inequity of treatment for women throughout times that still persists in her society, and promotes her thesis that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction" (p. 6). With that purpose in mind, she revises some aspects of women’s place/absence in history, society, and literature and mixed it with some fiction in order to explain how she came to adopt that thesis.
Major themes that are typically included in Marshall’s novel include Displacement, alienation, discrimination, racism and cultural preservation. Published in 1959, Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones, according to the editors of Norton Anthology of African American Literature, is considered by most black feminist critics to be “the beginning of contemporary African American women’s writings…… because it portrayed black women’s centrality within the context of a specifically black culture” (2050). That said it is only fair to give credit to Marshall for her tremendous work in brilliantly portraying the long ignored yet very
Lunsford, she discusses the fact that over the years writing has changed dramatically. There is the idea of “new literacies” which are “more participatory, collaborative, and distributed” (Lunsford 49). Literacy is no longer just about the author; rather there are many different aspects about society as a whole go into literacy today. Millennials are being seen as having a “cyberspatial-postindustrial- mindset” (Lunsford 49). This mindset is defined as having a “focus on collectives as the unit of production, competence, intelligence” (Lunsford 49).
From our previous lecture discussions, we talk about how women are placed lower in the pyramid of power. But women of color struggle the most because they not only have to deal with sexism, but also racism. We also see the issues of women of color against with white feminist movement. Women of color have to put more effort when dealing with their problems compared to white women in general. In this week’s readings, we are examining some of the problems that women of color have to deal with.