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Feminism appearance in The Colour Purple

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Colour Purple (in the view of feminism) The Color Purple is an acclaimed 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker. It received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on female black life during the 1930s in the Southern United States, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999 at number fifteen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.[1] Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political, cultural, and economic movement that seeks justice, equal rights and legal protection for women. It is also a movement that campaigns for women's rights and interests. ...read more.


I've found a really allegorical citation from Alice Walker expressing this approach: 'Womanist is to feminist as purple to lavender.' A dominant theme of the novel is the power of women coming together. They are degraded by men and generally used for male pleasure. In contrast, women see men as careless and insignificant to their lives. As Celie says, 'Well, you know wherever there's a man, there's trouble.' The female relationships are friendly, sisterly and also sexual. Celie and Sofia befriended each other because the men in their life treated them poorly. Celie is both frightened of and admired Sofia's strong spirit who fights for her rights as a woman an as a symbolically conscious individual. Celie deeply loves her sister, Nettie and saves her from living the tragic life that she had to stand. Nettie travels to Africa as a missionary and writes letters to Celie who can learn how the world can change and can be different from hers. ...read more.


But I'm here.' In Tennessee Celie starts a business designing and sewing pants, for women, too. The pants represent that women are equal to men; they are not just homemakers. Another symbol of the book is the title. Colour purple is equated with suffering and pain, as Celie had a difficult life and was abused as an adolescent. The letters to God leads Celie to a symbolic life escaping from the real and terrible one, as she thinks only God can make her life better. Her faith is true but she imagines God as a white and a male. Later, Shug tells her God has no race or gender. The end of the book is moving as Celie's husband changes and they work together sewing the pants and they become friends. In my opinion, the writer generously forgives him and the men in the book for committing their crimes against women. 'After all the evil he done..I don't hate him. I don't hate him for two reasons. One, he love Shug. And two, Shug use to love him.' ...read more.

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