The Color Purple As An Optimistic Novel

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The Color Purple as an Optimistic Novel

The book brings up issues which can be viewed as ether as optimistic
or pessimistic.

These are often topics which arise through conflict, some of the
conflicts that I will talk about in this essay are: the relationship
between men and women, black people and white people and the
relationship between Africa and America. I will use these to try and
determine how optimistic "The Color Purple" is

The book shows optimism towards the finding, and keeping of the black
cultural identity. Throughout the book yams are mentioned both in
Africaand hidden in the food of young Eleanor Jane. The yam is a
symbol of ...view middle of the document...

This area with no
segregation is due to the fact the population of Africa is made up of
black so there are not many white. But when whites show up, they think
of them as the devil. This lack of segregation show the book in an
optimistic light. Although the Olinka tribe show no racial differences
there are sexual difference as the women are suppressed. When the
missionaries want to teach the tribe they ban their daughters from
going to school as they believe that only the sons need the education.
So although there is no racial segregation there is sexual segregation
this show the book in as optimistic and pessimistic.

The way the black women are treated in America show the book as
pessimistic. The opening page of the book tells of how the character
Celie is raped by her step father. Later on she is married off because
the husband to be is getting a cow with her. She is referred to as
"spoiled goods" because she has been raped, she is treated like an
animal. Celie is often beaten and raped and no one cares what she
thinks. This book shows the oppression of women in America and in that
respect it is a pessimistic book.

The character Shug does what she likes, this is optimistic. In a world
where the women are treated as inferior and beaten just for being
women there is Shuga women who stands up to men and gets away with it.
Unlike Sofia who stands up to the mayor and ends up going to jail Shug
speaks her mind and can manipulate both men and women. She is
beautiful and that is the main reason she gets away with what she
does. Although this allowance of mischief is only because of her looks
it is a start to letting women speak their mind. So this is a very
clear optimistic point that the book is making.

The book very briefly mentions Cuba and it seems to hold the answer to
the racial inequalities. The mention of going to Cuba for a trip with
Shug is the time when it is mentioned and it supposedly hold the key
to end of racial barriers as every one is ether black or has a black
ancestor. This means that no one can pick an the blacks because...

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