The Color Purple And Conformity

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Natalie Holme Honors English 12 August 12th, 2011 Summer Reading Assignment The ever present controversy between the tension of outward conformity and inward questioning was an issue that characters in all three novels were forced to cope with. Celie was confronted with it throughout the duration of her dysfunctional relationship with her husband in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Perry was confronted by the tension before and after he committed a heinous crime in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and Chief Bromden was challenged with tension between outward conformity and inward questioning during the time he spent at the mental hospital in Ken Kessey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The constant pressure to fulfill the role that society expected each character to play, led to increasing inward questioning. Many people feel extreme pressure to fit the mold that society builds for them. There are certain ways in which a person must conduct oneself to be deemed socially acceptable. And there are many things that a single person will put up with to gain acceptance because of fear of rejection. This behavior has been evident since the existence of the human race, and it was also evident in Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple. Celie, the main character of the novel is no exception. Celie is forced to cope with the burden of external conformity while simultaneously dealing with internal questioning. Being an African American woman in the 1920’s, Celie was expected to travel down the road that society paved for her without any debate, and for the majority of her life that is what she did. Celie was loyal and cared for her husband, despite the fact that he was violent and dishonest. She took care of his children, even when they mistreated and disrespected her. She kept food on the table, as well as keeping a house, that she did not feel safe nor
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