The color purple

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The Color Purple is a story about growth, endurance, loyalty, and joy, all nurtured by the strength of love. There are many themes; some concern the relationship between males and females, the relationship between Africans and black Americans, and personal independence. However, one thing that I felt strongly about was her commitment to G-d.

African-American people have had to climb over many obstacles to get to their position today. First, was the selling of their people into slavery. Then, they endured slavery itself, being treated like an animal. After slavery was abolished, colored people still had to deal with racial discrimination and hatred. If this sounds rough, black women had it worse. African-American women had to deal with all the previously mentioned things, but they were women too! Females were oppressed almost as bad as the blacks. White women were not able to vote until the 1920. Therefore colored women had a double edged sword, they had to fight for freedom, but not be to dominate as to effect the men.

Alice Walker's The Color Purple is a good example of colored women's plight. Three obstacles black women had to overcome to be able to express themselves were Racism, the lack of education, and the stereotype that women are inferior.

The book is about a black girl, Celie, who gets molested by her father and has two children. Both children are taken away and she is told they are dead. Then she gets bargained off to this man, Mr., who becomes her husband and she becomes his slave. He beats her, makes her take care of his rotten children, cook and clean, and work his feilds. They never make love, but he rapes her. Her sister, Nettie,comes to live with them awhile and when she leaves Mr. tries to...