In the novel “The Color Purple” the women are treated as though they are worth less than men. The Olinka tribe, which is encountered later on in the novel, treats their women similar to how the American women are treated. Although the Olinka are more radical and extreme in their treatment, there are still multiple similarities. The women in the novel are deprived of things that are thought of as basic human rights, such as an education, or the right to make their own decisions and do what they want. In Africa the women were expected to do whatever the men said. It was tradition. The men had a power over women that was inherited simply because they were men. The way women were treated was not out of hate or anger it was simply tradition. In America, however, the African American men were stripped of all their power. The way they treated women was more out of anger than anything. Even though the way they treated women was similar to how the Olinka treated their women, it was for a different reason. The Olinka women are treated more as property than people. The girls do not attend school because the Olinka tribe does not believe in education their women, They do not believe that women need to be educated because they believed a woman is nothing to herself. That she can only become something to her husband. They are there to serve their husband, bear his children, and nothing more. This is more radical than the American view on women, but nonetheless, women in America were still treated unfairly. Women in America were sent to school and given an education, but it was still believed that a woman’s duty was to take care of their husband and to take care of the children as well.
The Olinka women were also given the task of tending to the fields and the crops. They are very hard workers, always busy. This is similar to how Mr. treats Celie. Mr. sits on the porch and does nothing while Celie slaves in the field, tending to all the crops. The...
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