The of her own life. The readers see

The letters Celie writes shows her
poor literacy skills, evidently shown in her letters which consists of spelling
mistakes, short simple sentences and limited vocabulary. Celie spells
phonetically because she writes how she speaks and because she is uneducated
she has not been taught the formal way or writing or speaking but through her
fragile state she tries to find help through her letters to God. Walker
purposely uses this to show the readers how a young uneducated black girl is
showing her struggle with all the problems she faces even though she is not educated
enough to formulate a proper sentence, she looks to God to try and save her
from abuse she is enduring. The readers are shown from the beginning of the
novel, Letter 1, Celie quotes what her father has said to her ‘you better not
never tell nobody but God. It’d kill you mother’ because of the installed fear
from her father, Celie looks to no one but God for comfort and guidance. Celie
is inspired by other female characters such Sofia and Shug who show confidence
within themselves and the ability to stand against any man who tries to
belittle them. The women in the novel help each other through their friendships

Walker shows Celie progression in
gaining confidence within herself to stand up to Mr and take charge of her own
life. The readers see this throughout the novel, Celie understanding her
environment but becomes more confident enough to have her own voice.

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The extracts that I have chosen
from The colour purple is page 34, 35, 75 which presents the abuse women
suffered from their men, especially they’re own men and the racism they faced
in society.

 For my non-literary text I have the chosen ‘I
know why the caged bird sings’ by Maya Angelou. The reason for choosing this is
because Maya’s autobiography is written from her personal experience of being
sexually abused by close family members and the discrimination she faces
through her childhood and adult life. Maya Angelou is a civil rights activist,
best known for one of her most celebrated books ‘I know why the caged bird
sings’ and is a respected spokesperson for black people and women. Throughout
the autobiography the readers learn of the many obstacles Maya faced, leading
up to the age of 17 when she began her career as a civil rights activist. Angelou
uses her autobiography to project the themes of identity, abuse and racism.
Similar themes used in the colour purple like the character Celie, Angelou’s
younger self also represent most of the black women living in America, a male
dominated society at the time. 

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