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The Production of Women's Identities in the Color Purple by Alice Walker Essay

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If we read The Color Purple with 'gender on the agenda' as required we can identify the way the form contributes to the impact of the narrative. The Color Purple is a story that unfolds throughout the writing and exchange of characters. Opening with the line 'You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy.' A warning issued by the abusive 'father' (later and probably discovered to become step-father) of the central character Celie who indeed pours out her key to God and after her sister Nettie about her lifestyle and her annoyance. It is this epistolary kind of storytelling that allows the characters introduced into the reader from the character of Celie to show themselves their characters and their culture in an authentic sounding manner. Celie, writes as she talks, in a colloquial manner not generally considered 'proper English' For instance the word 'us' is substituted for 'we' and you will find misspelled and phonetically spelled words during. In other novels, when a character's speech is written in colloquial language it typically signals their comedic role in the story. However, in the beginning of The Color Purple, Celie's letters to God, poignantly (sometimes painfully so)reveal the confessional story of a young girl whose sex and race hammering her from formal education. She can say clearly what's happening to her but she cannot interpret he actions of the people around her. She must unburden herself somehow and courageously breaks the silence with her letters to God. It is through letter writing that the power of communication is emphasized. Celie's absence of bitterness for the way she has been treated allows the reader to empathize and perhaps feel the outrage she does not. We feel very acutely her positio...

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