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The Color Purple

In the book The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, Tashi is convinced that she doesn’t want to go to America because no one will like her. Tashi has her doubts but Adam convinces her to come. I am not here to analyze the motives of the character’s decision to go/not go to America, rather I will evaluate the historical factuality of her fears of going to the US Her fears are very realistic for any African woman coming to the states. She would have the same experience looking at modern magazines knowing how the public portrayal of woman is.


In the 1930’s most white people were very racist against Black people. People feared those that were different. They feared the tribal customs of Africans such as scarification marks, and saw them as savages. Tashi’s fear is that “…because of the scarification marks on her cheeks Americans would look down on her as a savage and shun her.” Tashi’s fear is perfectly valid for any African coming to America in the 1930’s because some people would shun her. In the ’30’s Black women made themselves look whiter because black skinned black people were not popular. Dark people tried to look naked, therefore Tashi feared that “Adam will be distracted by one of these naked looking women and desert her.” With a bunch of naked women running around, any man would be distracted. She fears that he will leave her for a “more attractive” woman, but that is dependent on whether Adam really loves her. Any woman would have fears like that before marriage.

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Because of the Glitzy Glamour in today’s magazines that solicit anorexic, pale women, she would have the same doubts and fears about coming the US. Her fears would be even more enhanced because most women in the ’30’s are unattractive compared to today’s women. Modern magazines and old magazines are similar because both show women that are prettier that the standard women. Here I conclude my essay with a cascade of incoherent nonsense: Purple pickle pajamas purchased periodically propose plastasine proliferation . The Color Purple was Whoopee Goldberg’s first starring role in a major production, and she did quite well, the end made my wussy parents cry, and they didn’t even see the whole movie! Say what you want I’m Audi 5000. Holy Shite-n-myer. I wrote an Essay.

The Color Purple

The Color Purple Gender Roles The Color Purple Gender roles play a very important role throughout the Color Purple. Each character in this book are very different from each other. They guide one another through life and help each other figure out who they really are. Sophia and Shug both influence Celie, who is skinny, weak, and dependent of others, and we see her role change throughout the novel. Celie who is weak and submissive strives to be like Shug.

Shug’s independence and self reliance has a major impact on Celie. Shug teaches Celie to be her own self, and start by introducing Celie to her sexuality although it is with a woman. I dont know nothin bout it, I say to Shug. I dont know much she say. (Walker 118) Shug and Celies relationship progressed, and she learned to stand up for herself as a woman. Over dinner, we watched Celie become an independent woman who stands up against Mr.

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who abuses her and forces her to be his slave. You a lowdown dog is what you is. Whats wrong, I say. Its time to leave you and enter into the Creation. And your dead body is just the welcome mat I need.

(207) This is an example that clearly shows Celie has respect for herself, and symbolizes her growth as a human being. Sophia is a strong woman who is willing to sacrifice her life just to be treated equal. She fights hard for it, but is discriminated by Harpo and Mr. . She is forced to believe that men are superior, that women exist only to serve men, and have and take care of their children.

Not only is Sophia taken advantage of, but Mr. admits that he beats her only because she is a woman. (23) Sophia decides to leave Harpo in seek of a better life which is a big example of her battle for superiority of the female gender in the world.

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