Racial and sexist issues in The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Alice Walker was born unprivileged, since she was a poor black southern woman. I think as she was so different from other famous writers, she could give very different but valuable works to her readership. A white man could not have created such a reliable description of a suppressed black woman. In most of the cases a writer must pass through very bad things in order to be able to write an authentic story.
She was brave enough to give countenance to black women in a world based on hypocrisy, suppression and inequality. Walker was right when she said that black women had to create works that are twice as good as white people’s to be appreciated.
The Color Purple is not only her most successful work but probably her most valuable, too. She managed to give hope for people who feel like ‘second-class citizens’ that there is a great being who does not care if you are black or white, male or female. It loves us in an equal way.
An interesting thing I found in this passage was that both Celie and Shug Avery consciously or not thought that God is a white man at the beginning. They consider everything superior to them to be white and a man. Thus God must be a white man, too.
I guess Shug was a highly intelligent woman because she realized that God is not a being living somewhere in the world, but someone living inside each and every person. Another great observation she made was that God is not a he or a she. God is an IT. God is not a woman or a man. And It is definitely not a white or black person. It has no face or body. God is a spirit living in our souls. Spirits have no gender.
God is considered to be a man in our society, too. In the Bible God is addressed as a he, but this is because it was written by males. They imagined God as a man that is why there is a stereotype that God is a he.
Shug’s discovery was of great significance. Furthermore, I am very glad that Alice Walker managed...
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