"The Color Purple" Book Review by BigTanker

"The Color Purple"
An analysis of the lessons to be learnt from the novel "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker.
# 107579 | 1,317 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 08, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper looks at how the novel "The Color Purple" deals with the subject of racism and the oppression of African-American women. It discusses how the lessons to be learned from "The Color Purple" are that it is most important to find your personal god, and not accept someone else's version, risking a less-than-satisfactory spiritual connection. It also looks at how religion and spirituality can be very beneficial to the African-American woman, empowering her, and giving her faith to keep going in life, but it is imperative that she find her own god, and not accept others' representations.

From the Paper:

"The most insightful part of the book comes when Celie and Shug talk about God. Celie reveals that she envisions God as the archetypal old, bearded white man (Walker 194). She has recently lost touch with this god. The problem with her view of God is that it actually inhibits her from experiencing her spirituality to its fullest possible extent. "Anyhow, I say, the God I been praying and writing to is a man. And act just like all the other mens I know. Trifling, forgetful and lowdown," Celie says (Walker 192). She even realizes the fact that she is praying to a God who resembles someone she has learned to hate, but she doesn't realize that this is her fault instead of God's fault. It is her fault that she embodies her faith with a stereotypical male, whom she has experienced to be violent and distrustful. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • bell hooks. "Walking in the Spirit." My Soul is a Witness. Beacon Press, 1995.
  • Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., 1982.
  • Williams, Dolores S. "Sources of Black Female Spirituality: The ways of "the Old Folks" and Women Writers." My Soul is a Witness. Beacon Press, 1995.

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