The color purple Criticism

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the color purple

Color of Purple is a Novel by Alice Walker, published in 1982. It won a Pulitzer Prize in
1983. A feminist novel about an abused and uneducated black woman's struggle for
empowerment, the novel was praised for the depth of its female characters and for its
eloquent use of black English vernacular.

African-American people have had to climb over many obstacles to get to their position
today. First, was the selling of their people into slavery. Then, they endured slavery
itself, being treated like an animal. After slavery was abolished, Colored people still
had to deal with racial discrimination and hatred. If this sounds rough, black women had
it worse. African-American women had to deal with all the previously mentioned things, but
they were women too! Females were oppressed almost as bad as the blacks. White women were
not able to vote until the 1920. Therefore colored women had a double edged sword, they
had to fight for freedom, but not be to dominate as to effect the men. Alice Walker's The
Color Purple is a good example of colored women's plight. Three obstacles black women had
to overcome to be able to express themselves were Racism, the lack of education, and the
stereo-type that women are inferior.

Sophia is Harpo's wife and a very strong character. She does not let anyone beat her or
slap her. After the mayor of the town slaps her she attacks him and is sent to jail. In
order to survive, she is forced to become the maid and servant for the mayor. Later she
moves back in with Harpo and finally works for Celie in the general store.

Black women were known as "the mule of the world", before, in the 1930s, where this novel
takes place. Sofia, one of the fictions characters presented by Alice Walker on her novel
The Color Purple is portrayed as a strong woman, one of the "mules of the world", but,
even though she is insulted, beaten and underestimated, she is willing to change the
system and change the image of black woman that American black and white man possess. She
is an honorary mule that wants to change the system, but in change, society breaks her.

Sofia, a radical woman, is willing to give her life away to her being treated equally to
the rest of the world. She wants to see this happening, and fights for it, pays hard, but
never experiences this equality happening. First, she is discriminated by Harpo, who is
taught by Mr. ______, and believes or is forced to believe that men are superior, that
women exist on this world to serve the males, and to have babies. And not only that, they
serve the use of being beaten, when something troubles the men, or just because they are
woman and their wives. "Harpo ast his daddy why he beat me. Mr._______ say, because she my
wife. Plus, she stubborn." (pg. 23). Mr. _______, says this to convince his son that women
serve no use in this planet other than to work, have babies, and be beaten. Harpo,
following his father's example and Celie's advice for Harpo to make Sofia mind, goes on to
beat Sofia. Sofia's response is unexpected. Harpo thought that Sofia was going to act as
Celie did with Mr. _____. Yet this strong woman, beat Harpo, who is a weak character.
Harpo continues to try to make Sofia mind about his superiority, but she does not want to
undergo all these problems any more, and decides to leave Harpo and seek for a better
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