Alice Walker Essay

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ELT207 TMA Name: [How Yu Jie Rosalind]
In this extract from Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," Celie's account of Kate's visit makes us see the inequality treatment of women and the society's values between man and woman. Though Celie is African- American and uneducated, she represents every woman in the society whose spirituality is so intense yet suppressed. Through her, we see how she lost her identity in order to fulfill the desire to stay alive in this conventional society.Mr._____ was surprised when Kate told him to buy some clothes for Celie. In reply, Mr. ____ looks at her as if "he looking at the earth. It need something?" (Walker 21). From here, we are being made aware of how ...view middle of the document...

This strengthens the fact that a woman must live by man's rules and anything that Celie should deserve have to be approved by Mr.______.To Kate, she thought that as Harpo's aunt, his elder, she has a say in part of the house and tries to get Harpo to help Celie around with the household chores. Instead, she was met with a rude shock, like as though she did not know her place and her role as woman in the society when Harpo replied "Women work" (21). Clearly, the respect for woman doesn't exist when Harpo has outright defines the boundaries of man and woman, the role that they play in the house and that there is no junior following the elder's orders. Rather, it is more on women being suppressed and expected to obey the man's bid and wishes as men rule the house. Angered by the young man's curt reply, she commanded him to bring in the water anyway, to show who is boss. However, this backfires when she was summoned by Mr.____ and was forced to pack and leave after a heated argument. From here, we can infer that Kate, a woman herself is rendered helpless at the hands of man, particularly Mr.______. While Kate tries to assert her own identity in the house along with Celie, it comes at a price of being reproached for not showing an exemplary of how a woman should behave and more importantly, not knowing the woman's rightful place. As Celie wrote, Kate comes back into the house "shaking" after talking to Mr._____, we are confirmed the fact that Kate is weak, just like Celie herself. Kate was repressing her rage and took on a passive approach of crying non-stop when she failed to fight for what is seems to be right for her or rather for women. In response, Celie offers no consolation as she knows her place and know what is best for her at present. Hence, this highlights that women are denied of a chance to forge their own...

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