The dynamics of power and desire: gender and sexuality of Alice Walker The color purple


  • R Gulnaash PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020
  • K . Shakila PG & Research Department of English, Jamal Mohamed College (Autonomous),Tiruchirappalli – 620020


Alice Walker ,The color purple , god ,violence , suffering , gender roles , abuse , feminism and sisterhood


The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a fascinating novel that speaks about the complex themes of gender and sexuality .The novel was written in early 20th century south and tell the story of Celie who is a young 14 years girl ,ugly ,black African girl .Who faced various hardships from her childhood and at last found empowerment and self – discovery .The aim of this novel is to explore the representation of gender& sexuality focusing in the themes of domestic violence , sexual abuse and about the lesbian relationship .This novel highlights the struggles focused by women of color in a patriarchal society . Ultimately, this novel aims to contribute to the understanding of how the color purple address crucial issues of gender and sexuality, through is thought provoking themes .


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