The Color Purple And A Streetcar Named Desire Analysis

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Both Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire are great literary works. Both the novel and the play have controversial aspects. Analyzing the similarities and differences in The Color Purple and A Streetcar Named Desire reflects the fact that both authors, while dealing with different points-of-view, tones, and forms/structures, achieve similar purposes in emphasizing the theme of personal growth in the characters of Celie and Blanche, whether it be positive or negative, in the two respective male-dominated worlds of each literary work. Both Alice Walker and Tennessee Williams utilize the literary device of character development to show the personal growth of Celie and Blanche throughout the works. Walker and Williams both use indirect characterization to show how Celie and Blanche grow as people throughout the works. For example, at the beginning of The Color Purple, Celie is an obedient girl who doesn’t know how to stand up for herself, especially when it comes to her husband, Albert. By the end of the novel, Celie stands up for…show more content…
The Color Purple uses first-person perspective, while A Streetcar Named Desire uses third-person perspective. Walker uses first-person to give the reader a chance to look inside the mind of Celie. One time that first-person is used is when Celie starts writing a letter to God and says that “I [Celie} is fourteen years old” (1). In Streetcar, Williams utilizes third-person perspective in stage directions. It gives the reader the chance to visualize the scene. For example, when Blanche is going to be taken to the insane asylum, Williams says that “She [Blanche} screams and tries to break past the Matron” (140). The two different points-of-view allow the reader to experience the characters’ growth in two different ways, one which is up close and personal, and one which is distant and
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