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    Alice Walkers depiction of men in The Color Purple has been controversial - Explore the opinions of the two critics printed below and explain your own view of the way Walker presents men in The Colour Purple.

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    He defends himself instantly, saying that the majority of black men have not. He then speaks of the problem that black men have when it comes to loving, saying the love has "...been drained out by the brutality of a society panic-stricken over black masculinity." Brown then goes on to tackle the issue of lesbian affairs in the book, and that they give women "...emotional and sexual salvation..." He defends his position saying that this is not the case in the real world, even though many frustrated black women seem to want to believe.

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  2. Alice Walker Uses Symbolism to Address Three Issues: Racism, Feminism and the Search for Cultural Identity.

    to take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Perched in a tree limb to try to get a view, Alice couldn't see much of the main podium, but was able to hear Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" address." (Alice Walker Biography) Walker is a vegetarian involved in many other issues, including nuclear proliferation, and the environment. Her insight to African American culture comes from her travel and experiences in both America and Africa. Walker is an activist regarding oppression and power, championing victims of racism and sexism.

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  3. Gender roles in The Color Purple.

    Southern women on wealthy plantations became ornaments for their husbands often called "plantation mistresses" (Brinkley 379). George Fitzhugh, a Southern social theorist, says about Southern women, "Women, like children, have but one right, and that is the right to protection. The right to protection involves the obligation to obey." (Brinkley 379). Fitzhugh states that because women are entitled to protection and all the benefits of the women's "sphere," they therefore, are not entitled to govern themselves and are required to obey the husband's commands. The husband's protection authorizes him to control the actions and the entire life of his wife.

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  4. "Inconceivable" by Ben Elton - book review.

    About The Author Ben Elton was born on 3 May 1959, in Catford, South London to a distinguished academic family. Ben's father and uncle were professors at Surrey and Cambridge. Ben was the youngest of four; he went to Godalming Grammar School, joined amateur dramatic societies and wrote his first play at 15. He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead did A-Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977. After graduating in 1980, he started on his career as a stand-up comedian, and by early 1981 had joined Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson at the Comedy Store in London.

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  5. Frank O'Connor said that the short story usually looks at isolated individuals who undergo a 'frontier experience.' How do the writers in this collection use language to present states of isolation and to show how their characters confront crises?

    the sandcastle and starts sulking in his own bedroom, this represents his childhood, and the adulthood is shown at the end when his father dies and when he grows up realising the power of the badness within him. At the end of the short story there is purification of his emotions, through the evocation of fear, as in tragedy when Col's father drowns in the sea and dies. Similarly in 'Killing Lizards', Gavin, like Col goes through the frontier experience of childhood to adulthood.

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  6. Analysis of "The Colour Purple" -first three letters

    Let us firstly look at the social and historical context of the novel, as this may help us towards a better understanding of the characters, and the reasons behind some of their actions. Upon first reading "The Colour Purple" we may be mistaken for thinking that all of the novel's background is rooted in slavery and missionary activity. Though this is true in part, the novel also makes casual references to prohibition, the racism and music during the 1920s. An important idea to grasp is that although the novel is not totally accurate, the general setting and time frame we are looking at is 1908 to 1940 in America's Deep South.

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  7. What key phenomena must theories of colour perception account for? Describe and evaluate how theories try to explain the phenomena.

    observations of our perception of colour and their significance will be discussed. Followed by a discussion of the two key theories that either separately, or combined, may account for these colour phenomenon. These are the Opponent Theory (Hering, 1878, cited in Eysenk and Keane, 2000) and the Trichromatic Theory or Young-Helmholtz Theory (cited in Reber, 1995). In addition, the Retinex Theory will be examined briefly. The essay will conclude by evaluating which model (if any) accounts best for these phenomena of colour perception. The visual system is involved in converting incidental photons into visual images in the world (Barker, Barasi and Neal, 1999).

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  8. Despite Their Cultural Differences, Do Jeanette From ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’ & Celie From ‘The Colour Purple’ Both Share The Same Struggle?

    Celie's initial struggle takes on a much more chilling and darker tone. Her perspective comes from her being made to accept the role of a victim. Her stepfather tears away her basic human rights as he abuses her, 'He start to choke me, saying you better shut up and git used to it.' It is a constant challenge to achieve the recognition by others that she has nothing in her present, miserable existence. 'Why don't you look decent? Put on something! But what I'm sposed to put on? I don't have nothing.'

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  • 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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