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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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    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.

    • Word count: 2052

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