"The Color Purple" (Alice Walker) and "The Joy Luck Club" (Amy Tan). Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"The Color Purple" (Alice Walker) and "The Joy Luck Club" (Amy Tan).
Compares gender and cultural roles and biases in the two novels.
# 19609 | 1,125 words | 4 sources | 1992 | US


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"Alice Walker's The Color Purple depicts a world where masculinity is maintained at the expense of women. Maleness is defined by brutish acts of violence, emotional cruelty, callous disregard for others, and denial of basic education to women. As the book progresses, however, male displays of strength no longer cause fear but loathing. The male characters become impotent emotionally until they virtually disappear altogether. Amy Tan's series of vignettes in The Joy Luck Club depicts a world where men are already invisible, even impotent. The Chinese matriarchal society has all but suffocated outward displays of masculinity. Women, particularly older women, have the control and power though they deny their control. Only in present day America where the Chinese and American cultures clash, do we see a glimmer of the war between the sexes churning beneath the surface."

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