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How Does Walker Use Form, Structure, And Language To Explore The Exploitation Of Female Characters In The Color Purple?

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Whilst exploring the exploitation of female characters in The Color Purple, Alice Walker portrays the female characters in the novel as weak-minded, easily enthralled and controlled by their male superiors. Walker represents the exploitation as a struggle for identity through her consistent use of the theme of power from male characters and the subjugation of females runs parallel along the segregation of the black community from the white community. Significantly, the context of segregation highlights Celie’s lack of education and emphasises her struggle for hope and her own identity. The setting of the novel also shows historical importance through its context of ‘the Deep American South’ by the culture of the population within the ‘Bible Belt’⁽¹⁾.

Celie is a girl who continuously faces endless situations of abuse and torture. Her situation sees her manipulated by men such as her stepfather who rapes her at the beginning. The writer illustrates Celie’s situation through her use of upsetting and explicit imagery - one example of this is in the first letter, where Pa ‘put his thing gainst my hip and sort of wiggle it around... he push his thing inside my pussy.’ By using this imagery, Walker has emphasized the cyclical nature of sexism in the novel and represented it as Celie’s struggle for identity. Moreover, this theme is presented in the form of letters, which altogether, becomes Celie’s escapism from violence as, in every beginning of each letter, she recites ‘Dear God’ – which reflects the loneliness of Celie and emphasizes her limited voice to only God as she has no – one else to turn to. Frequently, the symbol of God is repeated throughout as it illustrates to the readers the desperation of Celie’s prayers and the letters themselves connote the power of intercommunication between the two.

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