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The Color Purple and the Social Context

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Jenna Staub

on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of The Color Purple and the Social Context

The Color Purple and its Social Context Opposed gender discrimination
Equal Pay Act (1963)
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA - failed to be ratified in 1982)
Roe vs. Wade (1973) ...and then came the conservatives. Conclusion The Color Purple - published in 1982
Alice Walker - strong advocate for numerous issues
Interview with Yedioth newspaper The Color Purple = political statement
Political activity is the reason she accepted Spielberg's offer
Use herself/her writing to aid in the liberation of people
Her website - poems that relate to current conflicts Sexual Content Sexual content - portrayed as "corrupting society"
First page of book...
Homosexual/Bisexual themes - Celie and Shug's encounters Celie's Changing Religious Views The Feminist Movement The Color Purple Thesis: The Color Purple challenges the New Right Movement and promotes the liberal thinking that Alice Walker advocated in her previous books and in her involvement with the Civil Rights movement. called The New Right
Criticized social change
sexual permissiveness, eroding family unit
Reagan was elected in 1982 - the same year that The Color Purple was published The Color Purple challenged The New Right... 3 main ways: Strong female protagonists
Sexual content
Celie's changing religious views Strong Female Protagonists Celie
Shug
Sofia New Right Movement grounded in Christianity
Celie abandons the "white God" with Shug's assistance
Turning point for Celie
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