Major theoretical, critical, and thematic perspectives in The Color Purple.
Emphasize if possible on the power of narrative and voice,the power of strong female relationships,the disruption of traditional gender roles and the cyclical nature of racism and sexism.
The power of voice is one of the major thematic perspectives offered by Walker's The Color Purple. The novel's protagonist Celie writes to God because she feels like she has no other outlet for her thoughts and feelings. She has been repeatedly told by authority figures in her life that she is ugly and unimportant; and as a result, Celie feels like her life is nearly worthless. Her only connection of value is to her sister Nettie, and this relationship suffers when Albert hides Nettie's letters so that Celie cannot read them. Celie is largely silenced at the beginning of the novel, and she begins to learn the value of her own identity and voice when Shug Avery befriends her. As the novel progresses, Celie develops her voice and is finally able to stand up for herself against Albert. The narrative perspective taken in the novel allows for the development of Celie's voice and shows the reader this process as it unfolds.