The Empowerment of Women Due to the Impact of the Patriarchal Society in The Color Purple

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Feminism was one of the major events that took place throughout the 1900s, which was the protest of women rights compared to that of men. The Color Purple, is generally based on this topic, and how a patriarchal society runs in south America. Alice Walker does a phenomenal job in portraying her characters as vividly as possible. The plot of The Color Purple is based from the 1900s to the 1930s, which was the time of feminism’s first wave. Alice Walker, an African American herself, writes about the abuse of women in a black, patriarchal society, through the use of epistolary. She was born and brought up in Georgia, where the setting of this story takes place, thus having some of her own reflections stated in the novel. Throughout the novel we see the women are going through physical and mental torture oppressed by men and as the novel progresses we see new topics emerging, such as gender roles in a patriarchal society, support through befriending, and empowerment. Gender roles in a patriarchal society contrast each other, for the reason that men hold a much higher social status than women. Social position of women play a massive role in this novel, and one such women that tolerates such violence is Celie. Celie is the protagonist in The Color Purple, who is left alone without a mother and a father who uses her as a mean for sexual pleasure. After Celie’s mother dies, Pa marries another women, around Celie’s age. Celie is oppressed continuously by her father. One such example is shown at the start of her fifth letter to God, “He beat me today cause he say I winked at a boy in church.” (p7) This incident shows us that women are molested for the smallest of reasons just so the men could show their authority over them. Celie’s life is like a shark’s, minding her own business in the ocean, when unexpectedly a ship pulls it out and cuts its fin, and throws it back into
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