Tma01 - A210

TMA 05 - Discuss the treatment of female alienation as it is presented in The Colour Purple and one other prose test from Literature and Gender.   Your essay should be no more than 1,500 words in length.

The novel The Colour Purple   use the correct spelling of the title by Alice Walker, published in 1982 has been the subject of (much debate and controversy) this kind of generalisation does not add to your discussion over Walker’s depiction of stereotypical black men and women in the American South during the early nineteenth century. No, it is not set in the 1800’s – be more careful.  

Walker has written the novel in an epistolary style, meaning that it is structured in a series of letters written to God and another character Nettie.   This creates a personal first-person point of view and enhances the dramatic and realistic perspective of the main character Celie.   It is this structure that (allows the reader an intimacy and reliability of Celie’s story) this needs some rewriting and her voice without being interrupted by the abusive men that are present in her life.   In many ways, writing letters is Celie’s escape from her life in Georgia and enables her to talk to someone, to express herself.   The letters are written in a (possible) ? southern American dialect and the vocabulary combined with the idioms gives Walker the medium to express everyday life in a very (tangible) realistic? Authentic? way for the reader.   “If hair is nappy” (p. 49) and “or clabber up” (p. 55) are examples of the oral culture of the old southern America and is reflected in all speaking characters.

The first letter begins with the declaration from a naïve narrator that she has been raped by “Fonso”.   We do not learn until Letter 6 that Celie believes Alphonso to be her father and then again, we learn later that he is her step-father.   To procure her anonymity in Letter One, Celie does not give her name, which we learn later in...