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Power of the Black Woman Revealed The Color Purple is a 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning book written by Alice Walker which tells the story of an African American girl living in the rural south during the first half of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the book the main protagonist, Celie, is introduced as an emotionally scarred young girl but by the book's end she's an independent, powerful, and happy girl. Even though the critics agree to disagree about several aspects of this novel one thing is apparent, The Color Purple affirms "It's not about supplication it's about power. It is not about asking, it is about demanding. It is not about convincing those that are now in power; it is about changing the face of power " (Crenshaw) The Color Purple is a prime example of the resiliency of this black lady. In Walker's individual perspective, the black lady's history falls into three phases; the girl suspended, the artist cried and cried in her desires to create, living through two centuries when her principal role was to be a cheap supply of cheap labor in the American society, and the modern woman. (Washington, 139) The feminist Alice Walker writes in a very peculiar pattern. Her female characters progress in a common three stage sequence: the suspended woman brutally dominated, and spirits and bodies harmed, the disillusioned woman desires most to be component of conventional American life, and the contemporary woman states the qualities of the evolving model. Before Celie, makes her way to the sequence she's a child that is, enthusiastic to learn, love, and enjoys life. She and her sister,Nettie attend school on a standard basis, complete their housework, and still find time to talk as sisters, and to just spend some q.. .