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'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker shocks us with rape and violence.

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The Color Purple 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker shocks us with rape and violence. Since the novel was written there has been controversy about what Alice Walker has revealed to the public about the men of the black community. The critic Tony Brown wrote for the Carolina Peacemaker an article on his opinions toward 'The Color Purple'. As Tony Brown is black himself, we get a different angle on he way black men are. The first point that Brown makes about the black community is that 'rape and incest can't be generalised'. The opening of 'The Color Purple' is extremely dramatic, it explains how Celie is raped by her father but she is too na�ve to figure out what is happening to her. Therefore she realises that the only person that she can confide in is God. She explains in her letters that 'he push his thing inside my pussy', she goes on to say that her father verifies that 'you better shut up and git used to it'. As the reader we feel sympathetic towards Celie as she is only fourteen of age and has little knowledge of what is happening around her. This is shown by the grammar used in her letters, 'I ain't gonna'. ...read more.

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He says to Celie 'I want her to do what I say, like you do for Pa'. The situation between Harpo and Sofia ends with Sofia leaving home and Harpo in a position that he can't do anything about it. Just because he didn't have the courage to do what he felt was right. This shows us that Harpo is a weak character that gives his power to his wife. In the novel there is an on going cycle of violence. Mr ___ hits Celie constantly. Just because he doesn't know how to show his feelings towards her he acts selfishly hiding Nettie's letters from her. The violence doesn't only occur between two black people but extends between races. White men beat Celie's father to death. He is beaten to death because he is a successful businessman and his business is running better than the white men and therefore the attack is accounted as a racial attack. As the responding critic says 'many black men have difficulty loving ' and ' brutality of a society panic stricken over black masculinity'. The only type of male that will survive in a black community is one who shows his strength and exploits his wife. ...read more.

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This improves by the end of the novel. They both improve and stop using dialect in their letters and become more aware of the formal way of writing and speaking. This shows that along side the physical and mental growth of the women there is also a growth in their knowledge of the English language. But the only reason they realise they need to stand up for themselves is the brutality of men. Celie becomes a happy character by the end of the novel. Celie is now surrounded by a large group of people whom she loves. For her this is the greatest moment of her life, and thus she remarks that she feels younger than she has ever felt before. For Celie, having her family return and to finally be loved by other people is the equivalent of starting a new life. Thus the ending is really the beginning for Celie. I feel this change has come because Alice Walker her self has experienced the. She has been quoted as saying, 'I'm as happy as a was as a child'. After reading the novel I have been left with the feeling that there are equal right no matter what colour' what sex you are. The 'Color Purple is a novel about women rather men who have developed emotionally and mentally from the brutality of men. Which has helped men realise how they treated women so made them better people. ...read more.

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