The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Discuss the relationship between the Western and the African cultures as presented in The Color Purple in terms of sexism,racism, or colonialsim. For what reason is Walker critical of Western...

Discuss the relationship between the Western and the African cultures as presented in The Color Purple in terms of sexism,racism, or colonialsim. For what reason is Walker critical of Western Colonialism in this novel?

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Celie's sister Nettie goes to Africa as a missionary, along with Samuel and Corrine and their two children (who are actually Celie's biological children). Through Nettie's letters to Celie, we are exposed to the different cultural practices of the Olinka tribe vs. those of the African American characters living in the American South. Both seem to be patriarchal cultures. In the South, Celie and Sofia are beaten by their husbands. Celie is sexually abused by her stepfather, who she thinks is her biological father (this is how she bears the two children later adopted by Samuel and Corrine)...

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