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Sexism In The Color Purple

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Sexism In The Color Purple

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In The Color Purple, Alice Walker writes of a predominantly sexist setting through the frequent beating of women, the stereotypes cast upon people, and the thoughts and feelings of the Olinka peoples. The author writes about the common and frequent beating of Celie by her father as discipline and of Mr. _____ to present a sexist setting. To show the predominantly sexist setting, Alice Walker includes the stereotypes cast upon people such as Celie's wearing and making of pants and Mr. _____'s sewing. The writer includes the thoughts and feelings of the Olinka people through their not educating females and their thought of a woman's ideal role.

The thoughts and feelings of the Olinka people are depicted through their choice to not educate females when Nettie asks an Olinka why she thinks this and when Tashi's father tells Nettie that there is no place for women to have important careers. While in Africa, Nettie asks an Olinka woman why they choose to not have their daughters educated, and the woman responds, "only to her husband can [a woman] become something"� and she later goes on to say that she can become "the mother of his children;"� these remarks imply that Olinka women are meant to be mothers and nothing else that they would enjoy (Walker 162). When Nettie informs Tashi's father of his daughter's great intelligence and the great careers she could pursue, he immediately responds "there is no place here for women to do those things;"� this shows how the men of the Olinkas have it preset in their mind that women should not have the same career as a man does; this, along with stereotypes, add to the sexist setting.

The stereotypes cast upon people show the sexist setting when it is found out that Mr. _____ sewed as a child with his mama and when Celie predicts what Albert will think if she wears pants. Albert admits to Celie that he "use[d] to try to sew along with [his] mama;"� this goes against the common stereotype that men do not sew (Walker 279)....