Gender and Race in "The Color Purple" and "Alias Grace"
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This paper examines the relationship between gender and race in 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker and 'Alias Grace' by Margaret Atwood. The paper first analyzes how patriarchy manifests itself in both texts. The paper further notes that Atwood's text subtlety displays that it does not necessarily follow that the victimizers are always male and the victims always female. The paper concludes by stating that abuse that is predicated upon uneven gender relationships does occur in each text - though it is far more blatantly displayed in the Walker novel.
From the Paper:"The following essay will examine the relationship between gender and race in The Color Purple and Alias Grace. The paper will start by looking at patriarchy as it manifests itself in both texts. Here, it soon becomes apparent that, while there is no one in Atwood's text who even approaches the depravity of Alphonso (Celie's incestuous and abusive father), the system as a whole in Upper Canada has no objections to keeping women like Grace Marks victimized via depriving them of an education and therefore of a voice. That being noted, there is more subtlety displayed in Atwood's..."
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Gender and Race in "The Color Purple" and "Alias Grace" (2008, December 01) Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/gender-and-race-in-the-color-purple-and-alias-grace-140010/
"Gender and Race in "The Color Purple" and "Alias Grace"" 01 December 2008. Web. 30 June. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/comparison-essay/gender-and-race-in-the-color-purple-and-alias-grace-140010/>