The Color Purple
By Alice Walker
Racism/ Transcending Racial Stereotypes
Sexism/ Transcending Gender Sterotypes
In the Novel there are many examples of the topic sexism. An example of how it plays a role in the story is Harpo and Sofia’s relationship. When Harpo and Sofia first got married their relationship was very good. Yet as time went on their relationship began to have a tension because Sofia was not doing what a wife should do, according to Harpo. Harpo began to be Sofia because she was not doing as Harpo said; which angered him a lot. One night Celie found him crying. Harpo explained he was upset because Sofia beat him up and he said to Celie "I want her to do what I say, like you do for Pa" (pg. 62). Harpo is being sexist towards his wife Sofia because he thinks that all women should listen to the men and do as they day. As one can see Harpo is showing sexism in this scene. A character who overcame being stereotyped as a woman who was bossed around is Celie. Starting at the beginning of the novel Celie is bossed around by her Pa. She was forced to have sex with him and forced to take care of all her brothers and sisters. When Mister came along and tried to then marry Celie's sister Nettie and he was not allowed to Celie was then forced to marry and live with Mister. She was bossed around by not only him but his kids as well. Yet then by the end of the story, Celie rose above Mister and began telling him what to do when she had her pants business.
The Power of Female Friendships
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