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    Walker's presentation of Celie and Shug's growing relationship.

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    A close and personal link is created by Celie and Shug's first physical encounter. Celie's sexual urges for Shug continue to develop in a later letter. "If I don't watch out I'll have hold of her hand, tasting her fingers in my mouth." The syntax of this sentence shows a change in desires; the caesura splits a relatively soft, harmless urge with one of more extreme consequences; thus showing Celie's confusion over her desires. The use of a complex sentence represents that Celie does not wish to pause whilst describing the event as it offers her too much pleasure.

    • Word count: 1518
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    Explore Walkers Portrayal of Female Identity - The Color Purple

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    Although Walker has portrayed Celie as a weak individual, Mr calls her "You black, you pore, you ugly, youa woman." Quotations like this show just what level of racism and sexism Celie and maybe Walker herself had to compete with. Walker may have portrayed Celie in this way to exaggerate the fact that she is also filled with courage. She tries to stand up to Mr ____ , and claims she will " curse him" until "you[ he] do right by me".

    • Word count: 1558
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    Walker's presentation of Sofia and Harpo.

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    Although this gluttony could in fact be comfort eating and so is associated with his feminine image. Harpo's need for control then extends to the bedroom, where Sofia says "once he git on top of me I think bout how that's where he always want to be." The situation here - as well as the previously accumulating tensions - has led Sofia to believe that she "need a vacation". Walker states that Sofia's sisters are all "big strong healthy girls", the words big and strong both have very powerful connotations. The two words are used very commonly and are short and simple; this reflects the simplicity of the sisters in terms of erudition but the physical power in terms of strength and dominance.

    • Word count: 1695
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    The text The Color Purple, in both the novel by Alice Walker and the film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, show Celies, a broken, mistreated girl, developing into an independent, strong woman,

    The novel tells the story through Celies letters, and therefore the reader knows nothing more than what Celie writes. This strong, single point of view makes the story much more personal and the effect of her innocent, frank language make the injustices she is put through even more stirring. The book uses Celies short, blunt sentences to convey her fear and turmoil, opening with a simple confronting sentence: "you better never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy". Celie starts as a scared, confused girl with nothing in the world but her faith in God and her love for her younger sister, Nettie.

    • Word count: 1158
  5. The Colour Purple essay

    Walker shows Celie to be proud of Sofia's authority over a white man: "she scare that white man. Anybody else colored he try to call 'em auntie or something. First time he try that with Sofia she ast him which colored man his mama sister marry." There is a lot of symbolism used in letter 89 which imply aspects of Celie's attitudes to life. She shows her room to Shug: "Well here it is, I say, standing in the door. Everything in my room purple and red cept the floor," The colours purple and red symbolise bruises on a beaten woman's skin and in painting her room these colours her attitudes towards life are revealed, it suggests that Celie accepts her past life of abuse.

    • Word count: 1464
  6. Analyse and discuss the themes of slavery and racism in the Color Purple. How is the white community portrayed by walker?

    sir', in reply to what has just been said to her, this is a very polite reply, it shows that the black persons mentality was to accept their social status, not to challenge or retaliate against it. This mutual agreement between the two races was formed presumably by years of aggression and violence if any member of the black community was to hit back at the white man for demeaning him, it was accepted, not accepted in the sense that the black man was happy with the white man for putting him down, but it was accepted because the black man had no power or jurisdiction over the matter.

    • Word count: 1466
  7. Fred D'Aguiar's book "The Longest Memory" - review

    The branding that indicated who ruled them was black skin; this was obvious and could be seen by everyone. Any skin colour darker than white skin became a sign that they were inferior, dumb, had no beliefs, reckless and needed to be controlled. Since Africans were brought to America against their will, it was easier to use them as slaves. It was also more economical to use blacks as slaves. Runaways were recognized readily. Before human rights movements, it was these thoughts of blacks that made it acceptable to take them from their families to work under harsh conditions and live on the barest of essentials, because white people believed they were doing them a favour.

    • Word count: 1220
  8. How have the texts you have studied this year effectively shaped your understanding of the meaning of change?

    The pink rose symbolizes love, passion and intimacy and in a way the Garden of Eden, they taste the forbidden fruit (sex). The coloured objects that begin to appear are almost warnings to when changes in people/society are about to occur such as when Betty's playing cards and the all her cards are red hearts. It symbolizes the love that she's developing for George. However when Skip and Betty were introduced to sexual activities consequently the basket ball team lost their talent and tree outside Betty's home blew up in flame in reaction to there experiences this shows that each time something drastic changes (like sex)

    • Word count: 1626
  9. To what extent is 'The Color Purple' a novel dedicated to the rights of black women?

    It'd kill your mammy". This sets the scene as to the invisibility of the women in the black community at that time, and the sentiment is continued through the generations of the male characters. When Celie is first introduced to Mr. _______, the second most prominent male in her life, he admits, "I ain't never really look at that one." Later in the book we see the same concept in Mr. _______'s son, Harpo, whose attitude to Squeak when he is distracted at the news of Sofia's imprisonment, is that he simply "looks through her head, blow smoke."

    • Word count: 1404
  10. Explore the treatment of racism in one story from "Contemporary short stories".

    Thebedi, the daughter of a poor black farmhand (working for Paulus' father), interact freely without guilt or secrecy as society does not yet influence or affect their thoughts of each other, reality has not yet seeped into their world. But as they reach the beginning of adolescence they begin to comprehend the concept of the 'separating line', the stereotypical qualities that divide one race from the other. I think the author uses gender to initiate the 'master, servant' mentality. The writer, Nadine Gordimer gives Thebedi the role of a woman, which in society is considered 'weaker' than that of a man, Paulus.

    • Word count: 1027
  11. Maya Angelou - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

    This must have been a terrible experience for a young child to go through, which some may think would have left Maya with resentment towards her mother. In fact this was quite the opposite. When Maya meet her mother again after she left her, Maya discarded the fact that she sent her away. She describes how as soon as she saw her mother, the nights she spent crying for her was forgotten. 'I knew immediately why she had sent me away. She was too beautiful to have children.'(Maya Angelou, 1984, P58) This was Maya's way of justifying her mother actions.

    • Word count: 1140
  12. How do the stylistic conventions of Pleasantville Help to anchor the ideas suggested by the plot and Reinforce the meaning of the text.

    Then when the lighting strikes at that time this causes suspicion to the audiences mind. The 2 pairs of siblings argue at the same time in real life and on screen. David and Jennifer then end up in the program. Pleasantville is all black and white to start. Examples of life are: big family, big breakfast, cat up a tree, skip Martian (high school jock), basketball team always wins, nothing outside Pleasantville, characters lack understanding and can only follow what asked to do. The first change is when bud implies to Skip that Mary sue won't go out with him.

    • Word count: 1250
  13. The opening credit sequence of 'The Sopranos'.

    Throughout the series, Tony has many crises of faith and a few attacks of conscience. Thus the black may reflect Tony's dark side, with his underhand dealings and deadly intent, and the white may represent Tony's faith, his belief in Catholicism and his need to do good in some form. However as the graphics show the black impedes on the white possibly illustrating the fact that Tony has a great struggle between right and wrong. To analyse the typography of the sequence it is again possible to find meaning implicitly embedded in it.

    • Word count: 1965
  14. Colour Purple - review.

    The forerunner of this is visualized when this is what the men look at in their magazines. The view that men have of women is one of this sexual being waiting to be had. Celie holding onto this picture is the same as a woman today buying a magazine that appeals to her inferior parts. "I'm not as pretty or as smart"(10) is played on throughout the book as well as in our culture. Women of the world today need to be attractive to be someone, or so it seems. The same way Celie is a barefoot and pregnant housewife living her fantasy of a singer that is attractive.

    • Word count: 1362
  15. Poem Comparison - Telephone Conversation.

    We also see that she is wealthy and cares about her image a lot - 'Lipstick coated, long gold - rolled cigarette holder piped.' From the view of the man he would think she is also a snob due to the way she is speaking to him and her questions. When the conversation starts it begins normally but is changed completely when the man says he is African - 'Self confession - I am African.' This suggests that the mans skin colour is a sin which he is guilty of.

    • Word count: 1431
  16. Shug Avery has been presented as a rather likeable character in the colour purple, whom Celie has confided in, and has found true happiness with after the problems she faced throughout her childhood.

    her get through it, the death of her mother and the role of her looking after her young siblings show us as the readers the hard life Celie has. The forced marriage she goes through effects us and we feel like this is the way her life is probably going to be till the end. When Shug Avery is introduced and Celie seems to have an interest in her it makes us as the readers have a sense of hope for Celie.

    • Word count: 1590
  17. Between Ourselves and Joebell and America The stories are quite different apart from the fact that both are about America, culture and identity.

    Joebell has been influenced very much by American films especially cowboy films. In Joebell's mind America is everything e.g. " Where everybody have a motor car and you could ski on snow and where it have seventy five channels of colour television". This is what Joebell is thinking about nothing else, just watching television all day. I think Joebell has a presence of fame, as he would go in a snackette and would take up a big space and just ask for a toothpick. Above all I think Joebell is a very interesting person, as he would do things that other people wouldn't.

    • Word count: 1007
  18. How does Walkers presentations of Womanism affect your interpretation of "The Color Purple"?

    I?d kill your mammy?. This leaves her with only one way out; namely to tell God. And with this act a new door opens into a world of opportunities, freedom and justice. When Celie writes her first letter one can say that a new body is created. Whereas her physical body suffers from violence and rape which is shown in letter one ?You better shut up and git used to it?. But the new invisible body is safe and can?t be harmed.

    • Word count: 1197

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • What key phenomena must theories of colour perception account for? Describe and evaluate how theories try to explain the phenomena.

    "In conclusion, a combination of the Opponent and Trichromatic theories would best explain the key phenomenon of colour, as although there is an overlap in that they can both account for colour mixing, other phenomena are exclusively explained by one of other of these theories . E.g. colour deficiency and after-images are neatly accounted for by the Opponent Theory, but not by and the Trichromatic Theory. The author suggests that dichromatic deficiencies might additional be explained in terms of regional problems in the eye, as red/green confusion only occurs in the peripheral regions (Hurvich, 1981). The closest explanation for colour constancy was provided by the Retinex theory, however, neither this or the other two theories, provided a clear explanation for this phenomenon. The author therefore suggests that further investigation is needed, proposing that there may be a three-stage model, where the cone receptors send signals to the opponent cells, which in turn are categorised into different visual systems."

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