Search Results

Free Essays
Good Essays
Better Essays
Stronger Essays
Powerful Essays
Term Papers
Research Papers

Your search returned over 400 essays for "the color purple"
1  2  3  4  5    Next >>

These results are sorted by most relevant first (ranked search). You may also sort these by color rating or essay length.

Title Length Color Rating  
Segregation in The Color Purple - In the film “The Color Purple”, segregation plays an important role and the differences between black people and white people are shown through race and life. The Color Purple focuses on the lives of several African American women who are faced with abuse, violence, and cruelty. The fim is set in Macon County Georgia and there are two main characters’ Celie and her sister Nettie. Celie is the character the movie is centered around and she is also the film’s narrator. The story is based on Celie’s life and the many different issues along the way that she has encountered such as being raped by her father over and over again, abused by her father and forced into marriage at four...   [tags: The Color Purple Essays] 472 words
(1.3 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Life Struggles and Themes in Alice Walker's The Color Purple - Born in Eatonton, Georgia, in 1944 Alice Walker was last of her eight siblings. As far as becoming author, Alice walker herself was faced with many struggles throughout her life. After a childhood accident blinded her in one eye, she went on to become valedictorian of her local school, and attend Spelman College and Sarah Lawrence College on scholarships, graduating in 1965(Janet Witalec). Her biggest turning point/ motivation was an author named Zora Neale Hurston, who made a great influence on Walkers later life....   [tags: the color purple] 2038 words
(5.8 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Censorship of The Color Purple by Alice Walker - In 1983 Alice Walker made history when she became the first female, African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and The National Book Award for her novel, The Color Purple (Alice Walker Biography). The book, The Color Purple, also happened to be ranked number 17 on the American Library Association’s 100 most frequently challenged books: 1990-1999 list (American Library Association) The novel is frequently challenged because of inappropriate language, racism, physical abuse, rape, incest, homosexuality, violence, and sexism....   [tags: The Color Purple Essays]
:: 6 Works Cited
1251 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Racism and Men's Power Over Women in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" - The novel, The Color Purple by Alice Walker was set in the post “World War I American South and the story takes place in Georgia between 1910s and 1940" (BookRags, 2009). In this novel there were four main characters and the novel is based on a woman that is treated as a slave involving racism and unfair gender roles of women by man in society. The four main characters of “The Color Purple” novel are Celie, Nettie, Mr. Albert, and Shug Avery. Celie is the protagonist and also the narrator of the story....   [tags: the color purple] 676 words
(1.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker and Push, by Sapphire - In today’s advanced societies, many laws require men and women to be treated equally. However, in many aspects of life they are still in a subordinated position. Women often do not have equal wages as the men in the same areas; they are still referred to as the “more vulnerable” sex and are highly influenced by men. Choosing my Extended Essay topic I wanted to investigate novels that depict stories in which we can see how exposed women are to the will of men surrounding them. I believe that as being woman I can learn from the way these characters overcome their limitations and become independent, fully liberated from their barriers....   [tags: The Color Purple, Push]
:: 5 Works Cited
3221 words
(9.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Transformation of Celie in "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker - Events in history have influenced writers’ style, and the importance in their stories. Alice Walker wrote a novel which was very much subjective by the time period of the 1940’s. There was a great deal of bigotry and tyranny during that time, particularly for Women of color. Women were mentally and physically abused and belittled by man purely because of their race and femininity. Women were considered as ignorant individuals that simply knew how to handle housework and care for the children. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker in 1982 and later made into a movie in 1985 directed by Steven Speilburg tells the story of a young women of color named Celie who endured countless hardships in the...   [tags: Color Purple, Alice Walker, sexism, ] 648 words
(1.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: The Characters of The Color Purple - The Characters of The Color Purple   In The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, Celie, Nettie, and Mr.______ are developed gradually throughout the novel and their actions all seem to be intertwined and what happens to one of them effects one if not both of the other two. There is a strong relationship between Celie and Nettie not just because they are siblings but because Nettie is one out of two people Celie loves, and this doesn't exist between Celie and any other of her siblings. There are various things that bring these two even closer, one being the discovery that they both come from a different father which Celie discover from a letter from Nettie which reads "...and I pray with all my...   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 892 words
(2.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple as a Parable - The Color Purple Parable According to Scholl’s article, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, is a parable. In classifying a story as a parable, Scholl determines that a parable must be a “movement through a realistically improbable sequence of narrative reversals toward a conclusion that defies realistic expectations.” (Scholl, 255) These reversals are very evident throughout the novel and render the conclusion unrealistic. In almost every character, there is an ironic reversal of what should happen and what does happen....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 618 words
(1.8 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - The story of The Color Purple begins with a fourteen year old girl named Celie who was raped repeatedly by her step-father. The only one she was told to speak to was God, so she did this by writing him daily letters. The book starts out in the first letter with Celie describing how and why she is pregnant with her second child. This child was the result of her getting raped by her step-father, Alphonso. At the time, Celie believes that Alphonso is her real father because that is what her mother has always told her....   [tags: Color Purple Alice Walker] 1131 words
(3.2 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's The Color Purple - Rape, incest, sex, forced labor, and a little reefer on the side. These are all of the components of a novel by Alice Walker. All of these views are illustrated proficiently in Alice Walker’s third novel, “The Color Purple.” Each one of these aspects had a lasting impression upon the ideals and notions of the time. Walker's writing's helped to break the racial barrier that existed in some people's minds. One way that the barrier was destroyed was through Walker's depiction of an imperfect black person....   [tags: Race, Color Purple Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
2492 words
(7.1 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: Recognition and Equality in The Color Purple - Recognition and Equality in The Color Purple The book, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker is a good example on how over the years women have been making remarkable strides towards achieving success, recognition and equality. From the day they began their closeness to each other, bringing unity in which they never quite used to get in progress of their high quality goal. Their particular goal was against greatest freedom of the man’s rights. It was hard to maintain due to them not be able to point to non-equality because they were treated like slaves....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 1016 words
(2.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Fairytale of Alice Walker's Color Purple - The Fairytale of The Color Purple It is important for one to distinguish between the "real" outcome of economic achievement as described in The Color Purple by the lynching of Celie's father, and its "alternative" economic view presented at the end of the novel depicting Celie's happiness and entrepreneurial success. To distinguish between these outcomes it is necessary to relate the novel to two Models (Historical and Empirical Data, Manners and Customs) of representation in the "real" and "alternative" worlds of The Color Purple....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 1167 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Essay on Uniting People in The Color Purple - Uniting People in The Color Purple Red, a color of hatred, a color of anger, a color of oppression. Purple, a color of pride, a color of love, a color of triumph. The clashing of colors, and the uniting of a people. Think of how much more we would see if we did not have eyes. Physical appearances rule the world; the spiritual and emotional gifts emanating from within each individual are left to live an empty existence of incessant, smother-some abuse and to die a tragic and appalling death....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 833 words
(2.4 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Double Discrimination Exposed in The Color Purple - African-American people have had to mount over many obstacles to get their standing today. First was the selling of their people into slavery. Then, they endured slavery itself, being treated like animals. After slavery was abolished, colored people still had to deal with racial discrimination, demoralization, subjugation and hatred, especially colored women. Black women have had to face unbelievable odds at obtaining self-assurance. African-American woman have had to deal with being black and female, a double-edged sword....   [tags: The Color Purple Essays] 947 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Redemption in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Redemption in The Color Purple   Alice Walker grew up in rural Georgia in the mid 1900s as the daughter of two poor sharecroppers.  Throughout her life, she has been forced to face and overcome arduous lessons of life.  Once she managed to transfer the struggles of her life into a book, she instantaneously became a world-renowned author and Pulitzer Prize winner.  The Color Purple is a riveting novel about the struggle between redemption and revenge according to Dinitia Smith.  The novel takes place rural Georgia, starting in the early 1900s over a period of 30 years.  Albert, also known as Mr._____, and his son Harpo must prevail over their evil acts towards other people, especially wom...   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
1209 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Creativity in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Expressing Creativity in The Color Purple      In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, many characters at some point find a way of expressing their artistic creativity. For instance, Celie makes pants, and Shug Avery and Mary Agnes sing. But what is the significance of expressing creativity. If there is a relationship between artistic expression and one's personal development, what exactly is this relationship. I wish to answer these questions by examining Celie's case in particular. The key to the first question lies in the comment Albert makes on life while sewing with Celie on the porch, "If you ast yourself why you black or a man or a woman or a bush it don't mean nothing if you don't as...   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1693 words
(4.8 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: It Was the Worst of Times - The Color Purple Essay: It Was the Worst of Times The book The Color Purple was written by Alice Walker.  The book was not written in a conventional manner.  It was a series of letters spanning the life of Celie, the main character.  Most of the letters were written by Celie and some by her sister Nettie.  The theme of the book is to be true to yourself in spite of difficulties and never let go of what you believe in.  Do not let people make you think you are something that you are not, then you have the will to survive during the worst of times....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 613 words
(1.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's Color Purple - Historical and Political Insight - The Color Purple : Historical and Political Insight Alice Walker’s writings were greatly influenced by the political and societal happenings around her during the 1960s and 1970s. She not only wrote about events that were taking place, she participated in them as well. Her devoted time and energy into society is very evident in her works. The Color Purple, one of Walker’s most prized novels, sends out a social message that concerns women’s struggle for freedom in a society where they are viewed as inferior to men....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 718 words
(2.1 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Abuse of Women in Alice Walker's Color Purple - The Abuse of Women in The Color Purple Alice Walker's The Color Purple is an excellent account of the life of poor black women who must suffer not only social ostracism due to gender and skin color but also women who suffer greatly at the hands of black men.  This is true in terms of infidelity, physical and verbal abuse, and sexual abuse.  The Color Purple revolves around the life of Celie, a young black woman growing up in the poverty-ridden South.  In order to find herself and gain independence, Celie must deal with all manner of abuse, including misogyny, racism and poverty.  When she is a young girl of just 14, Celie is sexually assaulted by a man she believes is her father.  She h...   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
1282 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Race and Class in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Essay on Race and Class in The Color Purple      An important  juncture in Alice Walker's The Color Purple is reached when Celie first recovers the missing letters from her long-lost sister Nettie. This discovery not only signals the introduction of a new narrator to this epistolary novel but also begins the transformation of Celie from writer to reader. Indeed, the passage in which Celie struggles to puzzle out the markings on her first envelope from Nettie provides a concrete illustration of both Celie's particular horizon of interpretation and Walker's chosen approach to the epistolary form: Saturday morning Shug put Nettie letter in my lap....   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 23 Works Cited
1618 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Evolution of the Characters in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Evolution of the Characters in The Color Purple   The most important aspect of The Color Purple is the growth and maturity of each individual. There is a huge transition of many of the characters from the beginning to the end of the novel.  This evolution of the characters is a recurring theme that runs throughout the novel and can be tracked by Celie’s letters.  The women struggle  for freedom in a society where they are inferior to men.  Towards the end of the novel one can sense the slow evolution towards the increasing empowerment of women....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 957 words
(2.7 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Ugliness and Beauty in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Ugliness and Beauty in Walker's The Color Purple           When I finished The Color Purple, I cried. I was deeply touched by the story and all of the issues that it addressed. One interrelated theme that reiterates throughout the novel is that of ugliness and beauty. Celie represents ugliness, and Shug Avery illustrates beauty. The most prominent way that the struggle between ugliness and beauty presents itself in the novel is through Albert, Celie's forced husband, and Shug's long-time lover....   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 7 Works Cited
2539 words
(7.3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Metamorphosis of Celie in Alice Walker's Color Purple - The Metamorphosis of Celie in The Color Purple   For people to be equal they need a chance to become equal by self-discovering themselves. As we are growing older during our childhood we depend on our environment, parents, and peers to create our self-image. Within our environment we are always trying to develop new insights in order to identify, clarify, connect and account for our beliefs. Even the underlying cause of dysfunctional relationships lies in crucial events in our life experience....   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
1604 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: The Power of Women - The Power of Women in The Color Purple             Despite the odds women can overcome all obstacles.  In the past, women have desperately struggled because they were belittled by men.  They were thought of as ignorant beings that only knew how to manage housework.  In The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, sexism was interrelated in the novel.  Throughout the story, several women were extremely mistreated by men.  Their experiences were considered trivial because they were always subordinated to them.  Through the collection of letters that Celie wrote, the reader could see the development of a frightened young woman who had little regard for herself and of another, Shug, who struggled to be...   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 755 words
(2.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Metamorphosis of Celie in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Metamorphosis of Celie in The Color Purple In the book The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker, the main character Celie develops from an abused, shy and browbeaten teenage girl into a strong, mature and self-confident woman. This metamorphisis is due to five major factors: Celie observes other successful women, she receives love and appreciation, changes in Celie’s view of God, Celie’s maturation and a bit of luck. As Celie is brought up, her father sexually molests her over and over again, making her pregnant twice....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 1094 words
(3.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Celie's Transformation in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Celie's Transformation in The Color Purple       Celie is not a typical protagonist. In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, the main character Celie is an ugly, poor girl who is severely lacking in self-confidence. However, Celie transforms throughout the course of the novel and manages to realize herself as a colorful, beautiful, and proud human being. Celie becomes a powerful individual.   The Color Purple follows Celie's transformation from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. What is remarkable is the fact that this transformation does not merely compose the plot of the novel, it also dominates the layout of the pages....   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1051 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Celie's Pain in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Celie's Pain in The Color Purple Molestation is a topic that is painful to think about, and even more difficult to write about. Yet Alice Walker chose this as the central theme of her novel The Color Purple. Walker's work centers around a poor African American girl Celie. Celie keeps a diary, and the first section of the novel is an excerpt from her diary. After reading the excerpt, the reader comes to realize that Celie is a fourteen-year-old girl who has been molested by her father. Through this, she has lost her innocence as well as her self-worth, evident when the reader sees that the diary's words have been altered to say "I have always been a good girl" as opposed to "I am a good gi...   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 4 Works Cited
1477 words
(4.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: Shug and Celie - Shug and Celie in The Color Purple   The relationship between Shug and Celie cuts very deep. Both of them help each other become what they really need to be. Both Celie and Shug were very oppressed people. Celie was oppressed by her lack of caring, and by her lack of self esteem. Shug is caught in other people's image of her. She is not free to become what she really wants to be, which is a loving member of a loving family, which she never really had. This is shown by the quote on page 125-6....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 1250 words
(3.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Celie's Struggle for Freedom in The Color Purple - Celie's Struggle for Freedom in The Color Purple Events in history have influenced writers’ style, genre, and emphasis in their stories. 1 Alice Walker was greatly influenced by the time period of the 1940’s. There was much racism and oppression during that time, especially for black women. Women were beaten and abused simply because of their color and gender. Celie, a young black woman, endured many hardships reflective of the time period including racism, oppression, and sexism but remained strong in her faith in God and overcame these obstacles to show the quiet strength of a woman....   [tags: The Color Purple Alice Walker Racism Essays]
:: 5 Works Cited
1416 words
(4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and the two letters in The Color Purple - Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and the two letters in The Color Purple The Chapter 'Joshua' in Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and the two letters in The Color Purple, where Sofia returns and later gets brutally punished for her confrontation, both explore fundamental issues that characterize a lot of the essence of both novels as a whole. At the heart of both of these two sections is the idea of fighting for the truth and facing the consequences. Although Oranges are not the Only Fruit is written in a retrospective light and The Color Purple in epistolary and consecutively in chronological order, there are similarities within the two styles, they use similar techniques in getting across ce...   [tags: Fruit Oranges Color Purple Essays] 1058 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Celie's Struggles Expressed in Letters - Alice Walker's The Color Purple: Celie's Struggles Expressed in Letters "Dear God, Gets me out of here. I needs to love and laugh. I needs to be free of this bastard and these white people." At a very young age, Celie begins writing letters to God. In her letters she explains her fears about her stepfather raping her, her mother and sister being beat, and her fears for her sister, Nettie. This epistolary novel (a novel in which the narrative is carried forward by letters) takes place during the early twentieth century, where slavery still existed in the South, and black people lived discriminating lives....   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 1 Works Cited
546 words
(1.6 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's Color Purple - Celie's Quest for Self-discovery - Celie's Quest for Self-discovery In Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Celie has many misconceptions of herself and her world. Due to her upbringing of pain and mistreatment, and her ignorance of a better world, Celie's image of herself and her own potential is very different from reality. The Color Purple, above all else, is the story of Celie's growth and self-discovery, which she achieves through her own commitment to herself and through the help of Nettie and Shug. Celie sees herself as ugly and stupid because she was told this by her father and her husband....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 563 words
(1.6 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Free Essays - The Depiction of Black Men in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Depiction of Black Men in The Color Purple Several critics claim Alice Walker's depiction of men is too harsh and too one-dimensional, but based on what I have read in The Color Purple, I cannot agree. Celie is a woman who has been negatively affected by men her whole life. Whether it was her stepfather throughout her childhood or her husband, Mr. _____, during her 20s, men made her life miserable. The harsh depiction of men is accurate based on the way Celie's stepfather and Mr....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 551 words
(1.6 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: Strength of the Black Woman Revealed - Strength of the Black Woman Revealed in The Color Purple   The story tells of one lady who, through fruition and hardship, discovers the proficient, content, and proud woman repressed inside of a young "shut-mouthed" girl. The Color Purple, the third novel written by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, has been both respected and berated in numerous essays and reviews. Although the critics agree to disagree about many aspects of this novel one thing is clear, The Color Purple affirms "the survival and liberation of black women through the strength and wisdom of others." (Draper, 1810) In Walker's personal view, the black woman's history falls into three stages; the woman su...   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 2192 words
(6.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Political Critique of Race Relations in Alice Walker's Color Purple - The Color Purple as Political Critique of Race Relations       If the integrated family of Doris Baines and her adopted African grandson exposes the missionary pattern of integration in Africa as one based on a false kinship that in fact denies the legitimacy of kinship bonds across racial lines, the relationship between Miss Sophia and her white charge, Miss Eleanor Jane, serves an analogous function for the American South. Sophia, of course, joins the mayor's household as a maid under conditions more overtly racist than Doris Baines's adoption of her Akwee family: Because she answers "hell no" (76) to Miss Millie's request that she come to work for her as a maid, Sophia is...   [tags: Color Purple Essays]
:: 16 Works Cited
2167 words
(6.2 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Free Color Purple Essays: Celie and Albert - Celie and Albert in The Color Purple The relationship between Celie and Albert went through many changes throughout this novel. Albert, or Mr._________, was a man who seem to be a person who was very angry, powerful and hateful. His father was a man who believed that love was not the point while trying to find a good wife, obedience was. The woman didn't have to be attractive, rich or one who was in love, all she had to do was cook, clean and tend to the children. Albert was taught that this was the way to an successful life....   [tags: Color Purple Essays] 1181 words
(3.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Celie's Growth in The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Celie's Growth in The Color Purple by Alice Walker  The Color Purple is an award-winning novel written by Alice Walker. Originally published in 1982, the novel tells about a black woman's life struggles. Celie, the main character, is a dynamic character and changes from an abused, insecure character to a strong, loving woman. She learns to love and fight for the things she needs and desires. Most importantly she fights back against the cruelty by Mr. . In the beginning, the reader is immediately engrossed when Celie is forcibly raped by her father and forced into an incestuous relationship with him, resulting in the birth of two children....   [tags: Color Purple Essays Alice Walker Papers]
:: 1 Works Cited
868 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Struggle and Growth in Alice Walker's Color Purple - Struggle and Growth in Alice Walker's The Color Purple The Color Purple depicts the struggle and growth of Celie, an uneducated slave of the South who became a victim of racism, sexual roles, men, and social injustices, in numerous letters that she writes as a diary. Walker uses Celie's uneducated grammar to help the reader perceive the pain that she thinks and feels in order to become a mature, twentieth-century woman.             As Celie writes to God for guidance and strength asking that she may carry on, her letters subtly shift to be intended for her intensely loved sister, Nettie, whom separated from Celie at an early age....   [tags: Color Purple Essays Alice Walker Papers]
:: 1 Works Cited
831 words
(2.4 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Sexism and Racism in “The Color Purple” - I feel every person should care about sexism and racism, because these two issues affect everyone. “The Color Purple” is a great film that focuses on the problems African American women faced during the early 1900s. "The Color Purple" provides a disturbing and realistic account into the life of Celie, a poor southern black woman with a sad and abusive past and Sophia, another poor southern black woman with a sad and abusive past. Sexism is a form of discrimination based on a person's sex, with such attitudes being based on beliefs in traditional stereotypes of different roles of the sexes....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
:: 6 Works Cited
872 words
(2.5 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
"The Color Purple": A Story of Transformation - It is possible to say that the conceptions of women’s experiences do not speak to the conceptions of men. Universal perspectives have been asserted explaining the differences between men and women, by basing individual feelings on external impressions. From different perspectives, no such thing as personal prejudices exists. Judgments on the female phenomena are uninfluenced emotions that contain higher thought of physical manifestations. The Cultural components of this social structure include the interactional expectations that each of us meet in every social encounter (Risman, 268)....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
:: 3 Works Cited
1242 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Experiences of Women in The Color Purple - Introduction In the film The Color purple women are strongly objectified by men, their worth being ruled by beauty, talent and what they could do. They were left uneducated to keep them submissive and beaten down to be put in place. Men however did as they please with no repercussions for their actions. White men were given the right to an education and all Characters Mr. is controlling and self centered without showing any regards to how Celie is feeling. He beats and conditions her to be submissive....   [tags: Movies, Film Analysis, Movie Analysis]
:: 2 Works Cited
1315 words
(3.8 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Women, God, and The Color Purple - Ever since the beginning of America, the way African-Americans have lived and been treated has been quite different than how white Anglo-Saxon Americans live. While racial equality is more visible now than ever, just decades ago people lived very different lives just because of the color of their skin. In Alice Walker’s prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, she presents to the world the lives and difficulties faced by many African-American women, even to this day. She addresses gender, spirituality, and even sexuality in a way that leaves an impact on readers, even after they have set the book down....   [tags: Alice Walker, Literary Analysis, America]
:: 6 Works Cited
1557 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Literary Elements of The Color Purple - Alice Walker may seem the usual type of author that is ordinary in her writing. Actually, she is not. She uses a different method to make us feel the suspense of the story with vivid details. You only live life once so why not take advantage of it. In The Color Purple, Celie’s life is the contrary. You may ask why, but there are people out there who are afraid to speak up. Alice Walker seemed to portray this novel very well making it seem realistic. The tone Walker used in the novel seemed confessional and private towards the only person she could actually tell her feelings to, God....   [tags: Alice Walker, Analytical Essay] 1088 words
(3.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Feminine Narrative in The Color Purple - Such as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, sentimental novels are developed on the readers’ ability to sympathize and grieve with the characters. Emphasizing on this matter, the author of “Narration Produces Gender: Femininity as Affect and Effect in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” – Robyn R. Warhol analyzes the novel’s narrative techniques of producing a “good-cry”. The author proposes that the novel has effective handling of “internal focalization”, which allows the sufferer’s perceptions to stand out....   [tags: Alcie Walker, African American literature]
:: 2 Works Cited
1228 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker - The Color Purple by Alice Walker is an epistolary novel criticized for its immoral and sensitive issues, such as incest, rape, and physical abuse. The story takes place in the early 1900's in the South, and symbolizes the unmerciful social, emotional, and economic hardships that African American women faced. The protagonist of the story is Celie, a woman who has been abused since her youth and documents her struggles through letters written to God and eventually to her sister Nettie, who is a missionary in Africa....   [tags: literary anlysis, alice walker]
:: 1 Works Cited
1978 words
(5.7 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Paradoxical to popular belief, traditional gender roles are not something one’s taught but rather something one learns. At a very young age, children are infused with the mindset that they must act a certain way. Likewise, in Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple, the protagonist Celie, believes that she is obligated to do what men tell her to. She starts writing letters to God since she has nobody else to share her secrets with. Soon she meets a woman named Shug, who makes her realize that there is more to life than she really thinks....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Gender Roles, Novel Review]
:: 3 Works Cited
1354 words
(3.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Literary Analysis of The Color Purple - The Color Purple is an epistolary novel written by Alice Walker. This novel displays the growth and development of an average African-American woman. This novel demonstrates the everyday hardships that were placed on blacks, and how they battled to overcome them. It is a very controversial novel, and touches on a variety of sensitive topics, from spousal abuse, incest, to even lesbianism. Alice Walker vividly explains the difficult, yet realistic, life of blacks in their communities. She writes of how the black men, who at this point in time are inferior to the white men, use their wives to provide them with feeling of importance....   [tags: epistolary novel by Alice Walker] 651 words
(1.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - ... Gray, We Alone, Expect Nothing, I Said to Poetry, before you knew you owned, She Said, Love is Not Concerned, Listen and walker are only few examples of her poems about love. For example I will quote from one of the poems named Gray from the book “Horses make a Landscape look more beautiful”. “ I have a friend/ who is turning gray/ not just her hair/ and I do not know/ why this is so/ Is it lack of vitamin E/ pantothenic acid or B-12?/ or is it from being frantic and alone.” Or in poem walker in the same book she quoted “when I no longer have your heart/ I will not request your body/ you or presence or even your polite conversation/ I will go away to a far country/ separated from...   [tags: racism and misogynists] 1763 words
(5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Abuse, particularly when it comes to black women, often occurred in the early twentieth century. The novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker touches on the abuse Celie endures as a child, and expands upon the struggles she continues battling throughout her adult life. With a husband who carries on an ongoing affair with the mother of his children, Celie comes to the realization that her husband had been hiding letters addressed to Celie written by her sister Nettie from her for years. Shug Avery and she rescue the letters and read the fascinating story that unfolds....   [tags: abuse, celie, netties]
:: 1 Works Cited
1139 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a confessional novel in which the main character Celie tells her story throughout a series of letters she writes to God. Celie is a poor black woman who lives in Georgia in the 1930s. Walker uses Celie’s voice to tell the history of black women during that time. She is a victim of racism, and sexism throughout the novel and these are the major themes of the novel. The author emphasizes the role gender plays in the lives of the characters. Employing the gender roles of the characters daily lives through the theme of important female relationships and the power that is derived from these relationships....   [tags: character and story analysis] 543 words
(1.6 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple - People seem to change all of the time, and there is always a reason for why they changed. Some people believe that people never change, and that may be true in some cases. I think that you just do not realize anyone else is changing because you are changing alone with everyone else. When people do change there could be multiple reasons for the reasons they changed, they could met someone new, had a tragic experience in their life, or had to leave for awhile and then managed to return. There is always something....   [tags: film analysis] 788 words
(2.3 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple - Before this thing started I was like this is just another one of those movies where it is the most boring thing we have ever watched and I can even hardly pay attention because of how terrible it is. This was different for me I guess because it was really good and I wanted to know what happens next I actually payed attention during this film it isn’t one that I was like this is cute its really good it was more of a serious film. Serious films are not really my thing I get bored of it and then I stop watching it because I can predict what happens....   [tags: film and story analysis] 664 words
(1.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's The Color Purple - Alice Walker’s acclaimed novel The Color Purple narrates the story of two sisters in the form of letters. Separated early on, Celie and Nettie live their lives continents apart, maintaining hope that one day they will be reunited. While Celie remains in the rural American South, Nettie becomes a missionary in Western Africa and spends most of her life with the Onilak tribe. Africa plays an integral role in The Color Purple because it shows that patriarchal oppression is a diasporic problem that affects black communities worldwide....   [tags: Black Females, African Identity]
:: 2 Works Cited
2039 words
(5.8 pages)
Term Papers [preview]
Literary Analysis: The Color Purple - There are numerous works of literature that recount a story- a story from which inspiration flourishes, providing a source of liberating motivation to its audience, or a story that simply aspires to touch the hearts and souls of all of those who read it. One of the most prevalent themes in historical types of these kinds of literature is racism. In America specifically, African Americans endured racism heavily, especially in the South, and did not gain equal rights until the 1960s. In her renowned book The Color Purple, Alice Walker narrates the journey of an African American woman, Celie Johnson (Harris), who experiences racism, sexism, and enduring hardships throughout the course of her l...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
:: 9 Works Cited
1382 words
(3.9 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's The Color Purple - Alice Walkers’ poignant novel ‘The Color Purple’ depicts the cruel life of a woman named Celie, broken by the anti feminist influences in her life. Celie eventually gained a sense of independence when journeying an exultant path of self discovery; here Celie realized she was an endowed, proud woman trapped inside an oppressed girl. The idiom feminism can be defined as a ‘movement for social, cultural, political and economic equality of men and women’. It is thought that Walker specifically highlighted the matter of feminism in the novel because of examples in society today of oppressed women, akin to the character of Celie, who are demoralized and suffer the over empowering domination of men...   [tags: Literary Analysis]
:: 7 Works Cited
1625 words
(4.6 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Color Purple Walker - A Black Voice The Black woman struggles against oppression not only as a result of her race, but also because of her gender. Slavery created the perception of Black inferiority; sexism traces back to the beginning of Western tradition. White men have shaped nearly every aspect of culture, especially literature. Alice Walker infuses her experiences as a Black woman who grew up in Georgia during the Civil Rights era into the themes and characters of her contemporary novels. Walker’s novels communicate the psychology of a Black woman under the Western social order, touch on the “exoticism of Black women” and challenge stereotypes molded by the white men in power (Bobo par....   [tags: Black Oppression, Civil RIghts, Literary Analysis]
:: 10 Works Cited
1405 words
(4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Spielberg's "The Color Purple" - The movie “The Color Purple” which took place in the early 1900’s starring Whoppie Goldberg as “Celie”, Danny Glover as “Mister” and Margaret Avery as “Shug” was directed by Stephen Spielberg and could be considered quite successful. It was adapted from a novel written by Alice Walker that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. Many would argue which did better, the film or the book. Spielberg’s portrayal was seen thru his unique and intimate vision. He showed the trials and tribulations black women faced in the Deep South, and their victory in conquering abuse, cruelty, poverty, the lack of a real life, as well as a victim of incest, impregnated by her father, whilst the book was a series of lette...   [tags: Movie Review, Film Review] 680 words
(1.9 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Language and Male Supremacy in Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" - Andrea Dworkin devoted her life to supporting feminism. In one of her speeches, she states, “Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.” Andrea’s quote shows that male supremacy is so common that it is practically part of human nature. In society, men feel entitled to abuse their wives whenever they feel discouraged or depressed. For example, when husbands do not treat their wives with the respect they deserve, it can lead to violence or divorce....   [tags: Male Supremacy, feminism, Alice Walker, Color Purp] 690 words
(2 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Color Purple - Isadora James once said “A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” In The Color Purple relationships among women are used to represent a symbol of love in a world filled of male violence. This quote is a great description of Celie’s relationships in the book because her female relationships are so much more than just friends to her. Both Alice Walker, the author of the 1982 book, and Spielberg, the director of the 1985 film, portray the theme of sisterhood....   [tags: Celie, CP, Spielberg]
:: 10 Works Cited
1036 words
(3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple: Reflections Of Alice Walker - Alice Walker grew up in rural Georgia in the mid 1900s as the daughter of two poor sharecroppers. Throughout her life, she has been forced to face and overcome demanding lessons of life. She transferred the struggles of her life into a book, that got her awarded a Pulitzer Prize and she became known as a world renowned author. The Color Purple is a compelling novel about redemption and revenge. The conflict between racism, sexism, and the power of strong female relationships is how Alice expressed her life and incorporated it into the story....   [tags: Authors]
:: 3 Works Cited
721 words
(2.1 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
To Ban or Not to Ban books: The Color Purple - From the years 2000 to 2009, 5,099 books were challenged in school libraries, classrooms, and public libraries. Most of the books on this list were banned because of objectionable content such as sexual references, profanity, violence, and the fact that the book was considered “unsuited to age group” (American Library Association). Even prior to the year 2000, censorship and banned books had become an issue for schools in particular all across the country for these very reasons. While the The Color Purple by Alice Walker does contain the objectionable content mentioned prior, it should not be banned because objectionable content found in the book is accessible through the internet and social...   [tags: Objectionable, Unsuited, Novels]
:: 4 Works Cited
1309 words
(3.7 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Race, Gender, and Nation in The Color Purple - Forcefully silenced into submission and subject to continuous abuse by the man, she thought was her father, Celie adopts the private mode of letter writing to express her grievances. Growing up in a southern working class household, Celie is exposed to the full force of sexism in a primarily black society. Addressing her concerns to God, the first letter immediately brings to light the plight of the innocent girl child who is rudely forced to acknowledge her womanhood at the age of fourteen when she is constantly raped and impregnated by her step father....   [tags: letters to God, sexism, black society, raped]
:: 1 Works Cited
1546 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Character of Celie inThe Color Purple - While other women may complain to their friends about frivolous, day-to-day worries about spoiled milk or misbehaving children, Celie, the main character in the film The Color Purple, deals with extremely serious psychological issues all alone. Not only does she have to suffer through a relationship with Albert, an abusive and alcoholic husband, she also has to face the cold prospect of isolation from the black community. Members of the black community in the movie The Color Purple band together for spiritual, financial and social support during troubled times in a racist era....   [tags: racist, sexist, racism] 755 words
(2.2 pages)
Better Essays [preview]
Review of Walker's Novel, The Color Purple - The Color Purple is a very moving and spiritual book. It takes a women who has nothing to speak of going for her and who is a victim to the world, and it takes her to a place where she is a strong individual who can voice her own opinions about things without people telling her what to do. She gets incredible power that grows inside her throughout the book. It is only fully released near the end of the book when her sister, Nettie, is about to come home. As for her, Celie, she just survives during her life, and takes what is handed to her....   [tags: Alice Walker, Literary Analysis] 835 words
(2.4 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
Favorite Scenes from the Color Purple - What would it be like to live in a world where you don’t have any say in what goes on in your own life. While The Color Purple doesn’t ask think question directly it really causes its viewers to begin to wonder what it would have been like to live in the world that Alice Walker creates with her novel. In this story the main character is Celie. She is a black woman who never has had a choice in her life. From a young age her father abused her and then sent her off to marry a man who he did not know at all....   [tags: film analysis] 1066 words
(3 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Alice Walker’s The Color Purple - Change is the law of life. A person goes through different stages of life, and at every stage there is transformation in the personality of the person. This new individual is entirely different from the previous one. For this change, different circumstances and events are responsible. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane are two texts of feminism in which we find the theme of evolution among the life of the characters like Celie and Nazneen who, happened to highlight the oppression of women in universal phenomenon irrespective of caste, creed, culture and nation....   [tags: transformation,brick lane,stages of life]
:: 6 Works Cited
2188 words
(6.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple - In the book The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, Tashi is convinced that she doesn't want to go to America because no one will like her. Tashi has her doubts but Adam convinces her to come. I am not here to analyze the motives of the character's decision to go/not go to America, rather I will evaluate the historical factuality of her fears of going to the US Her fears are very realistic for any African woman coming to the states. She would have the same experience looking at modern magazines knowing how the public portrayal of woman is.In the 1930's most white people were very racist against Black people....   [tags: essays research papers] 387 words
(1.1 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
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....   [tags: essays research papers] 1238 words
(3.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple - The Results of Celie’s Physical and Mental Abuse In 1982 Alice Walker titled her Pulitzer Prize Winning novel, The Color Purple, which is symbolically meant to reflect radiance and majesty (Columbia). It is a story, entirely conveyed through letters, of one young black girl’s struggle to escape the brutal and degrading treatment by men, which had become a constant part of her life. Instead of focusing on race throughout the novel Walker accords “greater importance to power, the power to be, to concretize one’s self, as to mold others” (Dieke 102)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
:: 3 Works Cited
1362 words
(3.9 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple - The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a very controversial novel, which many people found to be very offensive. It is basically the struggle for one woman’s independence. The main character in The Color Purple is Celie a coloured woman with little or no education at all. She is one who has been used and abused by all the men in her life, and because of these men, she has very little courage or ambition in her life. She has so little courage, that all she wants to do is just survive. Through the various women she meets throughout here life like: Shug, her sister, and Harpo’s wife, she learns how to enjoy herself, gain courage and happiness....   [tags: essays research papers] 879 words
(2.5 pages)
Good Essays [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Women can often experience suppression in their daily lives due to people including husbands, co-workers, or peers. Many of these people will underestimate the capabilities of women and treat them in an unjust manner. The women in the novel initially symbolize a wrinkled piece of cloth. A person tramples on a smooth piece of cloth and wrinkles appear. Just like in the novel, the men overpower and show authority towards the women and cause them to become fearful and scared. But when someone comes around and irons this piece of cloth it can become smooth again....   [tags: African American literature]
:: 1 Works Cited
1542 words
(4.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
The Color Purple as an Optimistic Novel - The Color Purple as an Optimistic Novel The book brings up issues which can be viewed as ether as optimistic or pessimistic. These are often topics which arise through conflict, some of the conflicts that I will talk about in this essay are: the relationship between men and women, black people and white people and the relationship between Africa and America. I will use these to try and determine how optimistic "The Color Purple" is The book shows optimism towards the finding, and keeping of the black cultural identity....   [tags: Papers] 801 words
(2.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Comparing The Color Purple and Macbeth - Comparing The Color Purple and Macbeth What is a perfect human. Human perfection may be measured by physical ability or intellectual achievement; however, it may also be measured by strength of character, and in this realm humans may often fall short. Weakness of character, shown through various character flaws, causes most of the hardships in life. Literature such as Shakespeare's Macbeth and Alison Walker's The Color Purple contain three levels of characters: setting characters, secondary characters and the main character....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1155 words
(3.3 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Human Development in The Color Purple - The Color Purple Change over time was a theory that was first realized by the Greeks and, only thousands of years later, accepted as fact. As time goes by, things change. And this change is never more evident than in human growth and development. But what is it that causes human metamorphosis to occur. Oftentimes, the change comes from within, simply the innate desire to improve oneself. Other times, the transformation is directly the result of outside influences; such as a significant event or inspiration from respected individuals and role models....   [tags: Alice Walker] 1881 words
(5.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple By Alice Walk - Alice Walker’s The Color Purple presents the life-long struggle of Celie, a black Georgia woman, who yearns to obtain confidence and self-esteem. During the early stages of the novel, references to wagons are made, signifying the “old days,” whereas towards the end of the work automobiles surface. Though Walker never discusses any specific time or place where the story actually occurs, the change in transportation suggests about a forty-year span of Celie’s life, from the beginning of the novel until the end....   [tags: essays research papers] 481 words
(1.4 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
The Color Purple by Alice Walker - The Color Purple by Alice Walker The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the story of a poor black woman living in the south between World War 1 and World War 2. This was at a time when, although slavery had ended,many women were still virtually in bondage, and had to put up with many conditions that was reminiscent of the days of slavery. The problem was that they had to endure being treated like an inferior being by their own families sometimes, as well as from the white people that lived there....   [tags: essays papers] 2251 words
(6.4 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Beauty and The Color Purple - “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not” -Ralph Waldo Emerson As stated by Emerson, beauty cannot be found unless carried within one’s self first. In the novel by Alice Walker, “The Color Purple”, Celie finds out that beauty is not real unless it is first found within, so that that beauty felt can reflect for others to see. [Celie went through traumatic struggles before she ever felt beautiful starting with the treatment of influential men in her life....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
:: 1 Works Cited
774 words
(2.2 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Summary of The Color Purple - Alice Walker's The Color Purple is a touching story of one African American woman's journey through abuse and oppression to finding her own voice and self-worth as well as definite place in the world around her. The novel is written in an epistolary format and has a very confessional and emotionally raw tone. Through using this format, Walker has more freedom to weave an impressive network of heartfelt themes and colorful characters, in addition to displaying her talents for delivering to her readers an addictive and suspenseful plot....   [tags: essays research papers] 2639 words
(7.5 pages)
Strong Essays [preview]
Alice Walker's The Color Purple - Alice Walker's The Color Purple Alice Walkers ‘The colour purple’ was largely based in a black community in the deep south of America, in between the end of the nineteenth century and the Second World War. It has been described as a rendition of her own life, thus far, I am none the wiser. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, slavery had long been abolished in America, but old habits die hard, especially in the deep south of America-where barely any politicians would set foot-, the black community was still plagued by the white man’s retained mannerism, although the black community had won a civil rights campaign to be considered equal to the white man, to many people the civil right...   [tags: English Literature Slavery Racism Essays] 1426 words
(4.1 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]
Gender in the Color Purple - “Love” Agreements A perfect relationship has always been established as man and woman, having the man as the strong sex. Men have always had the first and last say in everything and women have always had to do as men would tell them to. Women have always been categorized as the weak sex and submissive to their men, putting men’s priorities first, in this case their husbands or sexual partner’s priorities. This has always been present since we have knowledge, due to the fact that we live in an extremely patriarchal society, where men are superior to women....   [tags: Alice Walker]
:: 3 Works Cited
1763 words
(5 pages)
Powerful Essays [preview]


Your search returned over 400 essays for "the color purple"
1  2  3  4  5    Next >>