The Color Purple Synthesis Essay

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The works of Ain’t I a Woman and The Color Purple revolve around the narration of characters who are surrounded in a time period full of segregation and inequalities of women. The characters draft personal experiences to convey both physical and emotional encounters they have endured. Authors Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth utilize diction and point of view to portray the theme of roles of women. The literary element of diction is expressed in the writings of The Color Purple. The main protagonist in The Color Purple, Celie, deals with violence and verbal harassment from an early age of her childhood. Her father Fonso constantly neglects her, and bombards Celie with chores such as housework and taking care of the children. When Mr. Albert…show more content…
After Celie’s mother died, Celie became a violent target to her father. If she tried to disobey a command or made a mistake, Fonso would immediately harm her physically through strikes and beatings. When she marries Mr. Albert, Celie encounters the same brutal beatings from her husband. Through her point of view, all men are considered dominating and cruel as she says to herself, “Celie, you a tree. That’s how I come to know trees fear man” (Walker 23). The traumatic situations have made Celie numb to the suffering, and have made her think that women are secondary to men. In contrast to Celie, Sojourner Truth has a different judgment on the roles of women. In Truth’s point of view, women are crucial to life and men would not exist without the role of women. Truth boldly exclaims, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!” (Truth). From her perspective of the situation, women should not be stereotyped as timid, submissive beings, but should take pride in their opinions and words. Truth refers to Christ because she believes that if all women takes a stance, they will be able to combat injustice against the roles of women and make a difference in society. Through their own personal accounts and stories, Alice Walker and

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