Alice Walker: A Beacon for America
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The paper shows how throughout the 1970s, Alice Walker drew on her life experiences to address women's issues, particularly issues unique to black women. The paper refers to her works that illustrate how she bravely discusses previously taboo issues such as abortion, rape or suicide and the ramifications of these issues for black women. The paper also highlights how Walker exposes black culture for it to be understood and accepted by mainstream America. The paper asserts that Walker uses her gift of words to bring life, understanding and empowerment to all people and causes important to her.
From the Paper:"Alice Walker is a writer, poet, and an outspoken advocate for civil, environmental and animal rights. She is best known for her 1982 landmark book The Color Purple (Walker, 1983). This book won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was adapted into film in 1985. Like any accomplished writer her work reflects her life experiences and history. Walker uses her gift of words to bring life, understanding and empowerment to all people and causes important to her.
"Walker's first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, (Walker, 1970) defined her as a writer that was not afraid to break down stereotypes and taboos. The novel was met with both praise and derision but Walker claimed the story was based on her experience as black woman growing up in the south. She was adamant that black culture be exposed and explored so that it could be understood by mainstream America."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Alice Walker. Wikipedia, electronically retrieved from hppt://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Walker on April 24, 2006
- Walker, Alice, A Letter to President Bill Clinton, March 16, 1996
- Walker, Alice, Everyday Use, 1973 [electronic book] retrieved April 23, 2006 from www.luminarium.com
- Walker, Alice, In Love and Trouble, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, NY, 1973
- Walker, Alice, Meridian, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, NY, 1976
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