‘The Color Purple’ – Notes on Critisism

Source of critics: Class and Consumerism in ‘The Color Purple’

Reading through this collection of critics, I have picked out the following two, giving a brief outline of what they say and also my opinion on these views.

Maryemma Graham

In her criticisms Maryemma Graham expresses concern that the real issues surrounding the novel are not clearly expressed to the reader and wider audience, such as the issues of prejudice towards women.

In her criticisms Graham says that Celie ends the novel with a white man’s american dream: working and earning money. In my opinion however I feel that the ending to the novel is universal and also maternal.

Carl Dix

In his criticisms of the novel, Carl Dix writes that although in the novel Celie ‘breaks the chains of women’s oppression’ there is still many other who doubt this view and that there are many other factors, not just a woman owning her own property, that break this chain of oppression.

Walker supports Dix’s criticisms and praises him. Walker justifies Celie’s prosperity by emphasizing its specific context. In the novel the main actions take place during the early decades of the twentieth century after the Civil War and the time after known as the period of ‘Reconstruction’, which failed to improve opportunities for African Americans, and before African Americans had civil rights.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. weloveenglishlit
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 18:47:49

    Excellent coursework draft ! Well done you !! 🙂

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