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The Color Purple

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Transcript of The Color Purple

The Color Purple
By:Alice Walker Basic Information~!!! Alice Walker was born February 9 1944.
She took part in the Civil Rights Movement
Novelist, poet and feminist(Like Ms. Bickel :D)
Won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize (For the Color Purple)
Also won the American Book Award
"For a long time, I thought I was very ugly and disfigured," she told John O'Brien in an interview that was published in Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives, Past and Present. "This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults and slights that were not intended." She found solace in reading and writing poetry.
She has written on 33+ shorts stories,poems and novels.
Her first novel was,The Third Life of Grange Copeland.
In the Color Purple, Alice Walker mainly focuses on African American life, for women,in the 1930s and the ability to express one's thoughts. " Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself."
-Alice Walker Now on to Alice Walker's Award winning Novel The Color Purple's setting takes place in Rural Georgia around 1910-1940. The Color Purple focus is on a woman named Celie who is the main character and the narrator. This strong woman was a victim of rape, abuse, and unhappiness. Alice Walker emphasizes the importance of finding ones own voice and the themes of sexism,feminism and letters/sewing contribute to this thinking THESIS :P Sexism Sexism played a key factor since the very start of the novel. Stereotypical themes occur when:
Harpo, Mr._____(Celie's Abusing husband), tries to beat his strong willed wife, Sofia, after his father advises him to do so in order to tame her rebellious nature, which makes him "less than a man."
When Celie's sister, Nettie,goes to Africa with Celie's child's foster parents, to live amongst the Olinka tribe. She later learns that females are uneducated and is doomed the more ideal role of a woman.
“Harpo ast his daddy why he beat me. Mr. ____ say, Cause she my wife. Plus, she stubborn. All women good for—he don’t finish. He just tuck his chin over the paper like he do. Remind me of Pa.” Feminism Perfect Example would be...... In the novel, Sofia is portrayed as a strong-willed women who doesn't hesitate to fight back when necessary. When Sofia and Harpo get married, Sofia demands Harpo to help with the chores , and also refuses to comply with her husband and Mr.____

Harpo then questions Mr._____ And Celie on what he should do in order to get Sofia to "behave." And they both suggest beating her. However when Harpo attempts to beat Sofia, it's shown that she's not only strong-willed but physically strong as well and easily triumphs over Harpo "I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead 'fo I let him beat me." Letters/Sewing Letters emphasizes the power of communication in The Color Purple. Celie writes letters to God and her sister, Nettie, writes letters to Celie
Sewing symbolizes the power women can gain from productively channeling their creativity. SUMMARY Hold up
...........I'll tell you that! Some other stuff The Color Purple was made into a film in 1985. The Film Starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey.
BONUS VIDEO!! WE DONE!
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