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Racial difficulties and feminism in Alice Walkers The color purple
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In Alice Walker’s The Color of Purple the reader encounters a number of women characters. The novel evolves around Celie, a poor uneducated black woman in the South who writes letters to God where she tells the story about her life, her role as a daughter, wife, sister and mother. It is through Celie’s eyes and consciousness that we learn of Mr._’s oppressive presence. We also learn of her friendship with Shug Avery, a blues singer whom Mr._ brought into the house. Parallel to the main story, Alice Walker introduces us to the gender conflict between Mr._’s violent and sexist son, Harpo and his wife, Sofia, an amazonlike woman who dramatizes the plight of a female in rebellion. In The Color Purple, Walker sees oppression as an essentially masculine activity that springs from the males’ need to dominate. In the novel man is the one by whom and through whom evil enters the world. In this essay I shall investigate the issues of feminism and racial problems in The Color Purple, and especially how this affects the lives of Sofia Butler, Celie and Shug Avery.

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2003. , 15 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53725Local ID: ENG C-15OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53725DiVA: diva2:1102285
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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