Whiteness in 'The Color Purple' Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Whiteness in 'The Color Purple'
A look at the novel 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker, focusing on the topic of whiteness.
# 136784 | 1,000 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (American) , Sociology (Theory) , African-American Studies (Racism)

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In this article, the writer looks at the novel 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker. The writer concentrates on the subject of whiteness that is both a symbol of oppression and a characteristic to be sought. The writer discusses that the attitude toward whiteness is clearly ambivalent, setting a standard that the black person cannot hope to match while also being a symbol of oppression and of the slave era.

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"The novel 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker is set in a period around the turn of the twentieth century, placing this story close to the time of slavery and to the end of that institution with the Civil War. The community in the novel is largely black, though to a great degree this community still judges itself and its members on the basis of ideas about whiteness as representing a higher plane and a better mode of living."

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