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Celies Rise Above Oppression

From the year 1910 to the year 1945 the United States had undergone some of the most significant hardships.Within this time, the Great Depression took place leaving many people unemployed and many people left without food or proper necessities.There was also World War I, and the influx of foreign peoples to the United States.In the south, the major problem was racial tension.Although there was an emersion of African American culture, there were also serious problems such as segregation, the development of the Ku Klux Klan, and the invention of the Jim Crow laws.Another issue facing this time was sexism.Most of society believed that a wife was owned by her husband and she must obey and follow his rules.1910 to 1945 were also the years in which The Color Purple, by Alice Walker took place.Celie, the main character, is an African American woman with great wealth, but of little importance due to the color of her skin.However, in this novel the racial and sexual hardships the oppressed (Celie) faces only makes her stronger.
The way Celie was treated as a child is a prime example of sexism.Her father had raped her several times infesting her with an incestual pregnancy.He did this as her mother was dying.This shows how the father saw women as an object, rather than human beings with a right to live, and live healthily.If this had happened this day and age I am sure that it would not have gone unnoticed.Consequences of such a disgusting crime would be harsh.As if this was not bad enough, her father gave her to Albert without any consent of Celie herself.He claimed that he would not give up Nettie, and that he better take Celie because she knows how to cook, clean, and take care of children.Albert therefore takes Celie without any wish of love, but with the prime consideration that she would be his property willing to take care of his land and children.This is absolute sexism.
Throughout the novel it …


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