The Color Purple Book Review

The Color Purple
A summary and review of "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker.
# 111461 | 1,929 words | 0 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Jan 21, 2009 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper discusses Alice Walker's widely-acclaimed novel "The Color Purple", which recounts the lives and struggles of African-American female characters in the early 1900s in Georgia. The paper comments that the book focuses on the important issues pertaining to the lives of blacks in the United States during the early twentieth century. The paper also comments that it is an intricate examination of the role that African-American women played in society, illustrating, the discrimination they faced due to their race and gender. The paper states that the book's most prominent thematic ideas are directly related to the importance of freedom, redemption, and the power of the individual.

From the Paper:

"The book is largely feministic in its message, and could even be criticized for portraying black males badly and stereotypically. In general, though, it is the life and journey of an African-American woman in the South in the early twentieth century. Her saga is chronicled through her own letters, and she develops as an immensely poignant, powerful character who commands the attention of the reader throughout the novel. She learns to overcome the submission and the weakness that had come upon her as a result of her constant abuse, and she comes out as a confident and self-assured woman, though it is not until many years later."

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