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Colour Purple - review.

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Colour Purple The book called The Colour Purple shows many of the topics discussed in class, but for the purpose of this paper I would like to discuss three aspects that are the most concerning and disturbing. The concept of the body, reproduction, and violence shown through the novel are the most prominent and key concerns seen in this literature selection that I would like to analyse in this expository essay. Beginning with the concept of the body, The Colour Purple portrays a very graphic portrayal from the first pages. "She ugly" (Walker, 9). This gives the feel that the men have high standards of the women that are seen in this story of Black Southern Women. This also can be seen when Celie (the main character) holds on to a picture of Shug Avery (the woman she lets her husband have an affair with) because she is so beautiful. These are ideals seen in our culture as a whole. Women holding onto pictures of women in magazines and posters lead to the idea that the airbrushed picture is attainable and that is what the women of the world need to look like. The forerunner of this is visualized when this is what the men look at in their magazines. ...read more.


He get up on you, heist your nightgown round your waist, plunge in. Most times I pretend I am not there. He never knows the difference" (Walker). This also allows for a chance to see again how women are used not just for their bodies, but the assumption is made that he is always on her to help promote his genes in the race, since he has two children and she has another. Just do your business and leave that happens to be a big stereotype of men in our culture today. Men date women to get what they want and then leave. Bang and Bail as my male friends like to classify it. It is a mainstream idea to have men be sexually promiscuous and women be sexually passive. Give the man what he wants and do not bother him the rest of the time. These are all clich�s that have probably been shared as jokes, but have now become part of our major understanding of the world as we know it. The Colour Purple as well as these main stream ideas leave no morals for the families any longer. Besides a woman is pregnant with a man's child, but he wants someone else because his genes are being passed on, why stay with a soiled woman. ...read more.


Just take the beatings and role with the punches is what the feel comes out of pop culture, because you do something about the beatings, and the women is imprisoned. The last form of violence is the emotional kind. Through the entire prior mentioned information you can see how some is emotionally torn up and is so due to her husband/male figures in her life. It makes a woman feel in general that all men are scum as noticeable with the quote "And act just like all other men I know. Trifling, forgetful and low-down" (199). This can be through a series of physical abuses, from multiple men, giving a negative take on life. As a society nowadays this also has validity. Men are jerks, arrogant, sex fiends. These are ideals that come about when the same abuses come from multiple men portraying the same qualities. In conclusion the paper that is presented compares the trials and tribulations of one woman to a whole male dominated society. She is raped, beaten, abused, neglected etc... just to be told to shut up and take it. This is what happens in our culture as well. Alice Walker's portrayal of women is not far from the reality of the modern world. The Colour Purple has an awesome plot that follows a woman's dilemmas and choices through a life that is doomed from her youth, to have a portrayal of survival by going with the flow. ...read more.

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