The Liberation of Black Women-

Topics: The Color Purple, White people, African American Pages: 2 (694 words) Published: December 12, 2012
The Liberation Of Black Women’s In Color Purple by Alice Walker On October 29st 2012, The Color Purple thoroughly focuses on a life of Celie, an African American woman who is struggling to develop her sense of selfhood. As a black woman growing up in the Deep South during the 1940s, Celie has gone through many difficulties before she could establish herself as an independent woman. All through the story, Celie is presented at the very bottom of the social hierarchy. At the same time with being discriminated against by whites, she is also treated badly from all black men in her life In this case, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, letters are used by black women to break the silence that is normally imposed upon them. With the threat from her stepfather “[y]ou better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy,” Celie appears in the position of powerlessness from the beginning of the story (3). Sexually violated and barely educated, Celie does not have any other way to express her feeling but by writing letters to God. Each letter gives the reader a greater insight into Celie’s life as she desperately explains how her life has been ruined at the hands of her stepfather. Without any power to control her own situation, Celie begs God for a sign to let her know what is happening to her: “First he put his thing up gainst my hip and sort of wiggle it around. Then he grab hold me titties. Then he push his thing inside my pussy. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it” (3). In addition, when Celie decides to leave Mr._______, Squeak also insists with Harpo that she is going to join Shug in the North: “I want to sing, say Squeak” (letter:74 page:183). Like other blues singers, Squeak is able to make a large amount of money by singing in the juke joint. In this case, the juke joint is considered a space of freedom and self determination for black women. The usual patriarchal (man power) dividing line between male...
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